Environmental & Public Health
Switzer Fellows working in environmental and public health are concerned about all aspects of the natural and built environment that may affect human health. Their work is at the forefront on issues such as chemical exposure in daycares, exposure to airborne toxins resulting from transportation, and much more.
Spotlight on Leadership
Nail salons offering “manis” and “pedis” have become a booming business in the United States, setting up shop on seemingly every corner and approaching $8 billion in annual sales. “You have numerous chemicals being mixed, new products coming out all the time, limited available data on health effects and weak accountability for the manufacturers,” says 2008 Fellow Thu Quach, who is a research scientist with the Cancer Prevention Institute of California and research director for Asian Health Services. “That would make it difficult for the workers to protect themselves even if there weren’t language barriers.” She is part of a grassroots effort that empowers low-wage, Vietnamese immigrant-dominated nail salon workers to fight for healthier conditions.Read more >