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Human Impact Project: Health and Safety


  • life expectancy, health insurance, access to healthcare, disease, accident/injury, mental health, epidemic, vaccination, mortality rates...

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Health & Safety Topic Ideas

This page intends to outline just some of the broad and more specific sub-topics that can fall under “Health and Safety.”  It may help you choose a focus area under this category, and it also points you to some suggested links. It is by no means meant to be a comprehensive summary of the entire “Health and Safety” category and there may be specific topics you can think of to focus your project that may not be included here.  


The links included are only a sampling of interesting resources and will be added to as we get into research.  


Some topics are most often thought of locally (town, state), nationally (U.S.), or globally (outside the U.S. or involving all countries), but most topics can be applied at each level.


Some general links that will be helpful in almost any category:


BIG TOPICS that have to do with HEALTH and SAFETY (according to the UN SDG #3)

SOME RELATED SUB-TOPICS (these may be local, national, or global in scope)

Universal Access to Healthcare is the goal that all people obtain the health services they need without risking financial hardship from unaffordable out-of-pocket payments.

*child mortality (defined as the death of infants and children under the age of five)

  • nutrition
  • sanitation
  • vaccines


*maternal mortality (defined as the death of a woman while pregnant or within 42 days of termination of pregnancy, from any cause related to or aggravated by the pregnancy or its management)

  • access to birth control
  • access to prenatal care
  • sexual and reproductive health education
  • Planned Parenthood funding


*proximity to clinics

*recruitment and training of health    workforce in developing countries

*price of pharmaceuticals

*patient education on vaccine importance

*Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) funding

LINKS - UN’s page on sexual/reproductive health - about access to healthcare where need is greatest -Child mortality rate in U.S. is worst in developed world -Is single payer the answer to the U.S. health care problem?


Infectious Diseases are caused by pathogenic microorganisms, such as bacteria, viruses, parasites or fungi; the diseases can be spread, directly or indirectly, from one person to another.





*water sanitation

*public health education and prevention


Non-Communicable Diseases are also known as chronic diseases, are not passed from person to person. The four main types of noncommunicable diseases are cardiovascular diseases (like heart attacks and stroke), cancers, chronic respiratory diseases (such as chronic obstructed pulmonary disease and asthma) and diabetes.

*medical research (cancer, etc.)

*access to preventative care

*environmental factors




Mental Health disorders include: depression, bipolar affective disorder, schizophrenia and other psychoses, dementia, intellectual disabilities and developmental disorders including autism.


White River Junction Researchers Open World's First PTSD Brain Bank


Leahy Protects Funding For Vermont-Based PTSD Research & Treatment Facility


Combat Vets with PTSD Heal Alongside Former Race Horses



*post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

*access to treatment and counseling


Accidents and Natural Disasters

*seatbelt use

*road traffic accidents

*natural disaster relief (recent hurricanes)

*public health notification systems

*hazardous chemicals and air, water, and soil contamination


LINKS -responding to natural disasters -road traffic injuries fact sheet

Crime, Conflict, and Violence

*gun control

*mass shootings

*sexual violence/domestic abuse

*child abuse

*drug related crime



Substance Abuse refers to the harmful or hazardous use of psychoactive substances, including alcohol and illicit drugs.

*opioid epidemic

*alcohol abuse

*drinking age

*legalization of marijuana

*tobacco use

*teen drug and alcohol use

*drug trafficking

*drug related violence

*access to treatment and counseling

*driving under the influence

LINKS -overview of opioid crisis -barries to paying for substance abuse treatment