The PNHP-NY September student educational forum will focus on the environmental justice movement in NY and its connection to single payer. For years, environmental justice groups in NY have shed light on how communities of color and low-income communities are disproportionately affected by pollution. This long-standing pattern of environmental racism has led to clear health detriments, such as the childhood asthma crisis in Harlem. In order to create solutions to ingrained systemic issues, we will examine how implementing single payer can emphasize preventative health and alleviate these geographic disparities. This forum will illuminate the shared goals between both movements and explore specific ways in which they can work together to push for policy change. Single payer policy, both federally and on a state-level, needs to be created with the intention of alleviating the existing effects of environmental racism and crafting policies that will fight against it in the future.