Environmental & Public Health

Fellow Story

Kefela named Agent of Change in Environmental Justice

The Agents of Change in Environmental Justice program, a partnership between EHN and Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, has named Timnit Kefela as one of their fifth group of fellows. The program’s mission “is to empower...
March 18, 2024
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Shankar selected as UCLA Health Equity Challenge finalist

“I am thrilled to be a part of the Health Equity Challenge because it gives me the opportunity to innovatively apply my research in collaboration with expert community organizers and skilled residents. Through my proposed Citizen Science training program, I hope to build the capacity of Watts residents to identify and address stationary sources in their community, with the long-term goal of moving the needle on health inequities.”
February 21, 2024
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Matsuoka co-edits Ground Truths: Community-Engaged Research for Environmental Justice book

Martha Matsuoka’s new, open-access book shows how community-engaged research contributes to environmental justice by centering local knowledge, building truth from the ground up, producing data that can influence decisions, and transforming researchers’ relationships to communities for equity and mutual benefit.
January 18, 2024
Fellow Story

David Gonzalez: uncovering the health effects of wildfire smoke

“Wildfires are a special flavor of pollution that we don't totally understand,” David says. “We don’t understand its chemistry, health effects, or how it’s different from urban air pollution. I didn’t realize there was such a gap in that knowledge when I started. The more I dove into it, the more I was motivated to fill that gap.”
September 27, 2023
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Habtemichael celebrated for excellence in DEI and PFAS work

Asta Habtemichael has received multiple awards and fellowships in the past year in recognition of his outstanding academic performance and leadership as a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion champion. From the University of Rhode Island: The...
August 22, 2023
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Planetary Health Report Card grades medical schools on green awareness

“As medical students, we’re learning everyday how to keep people healthy, and that means keeping our planet healthy too,” Hampshire says. Photo: PHRC
August 14, 2023
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Hampshire reimagines financially and environmentally costly medical school interviews

Karly Hampshire’s paper argues for reform of academia’s unsustainable culture of emissions-intensive travel and prioritizing environmental impact in reimagining medical training interviews.
August 14, 2023
Fellow Story

Danger in the dust! Gill shares the hazards of windblown dust

Risks associated with dust hazards are often underappreciated, which can be costly for impacted communities. This study reviews the sources and chemical, physical, and biological characteristics of dust and its effects on humans and the environmental in the Americas.
July 26, 2023
Leadership Grant Grant

Resilient Roots Project: Centering Youth Climate Change Stories

This collaboration between Catalina Garzón-Galvis, StoryCenter and Frontline Catalysts will center the lived experiences, local knowledge, and innovation of migrant and first-generation youth in advancing solutions that strengthen community resilience to climate change.
July 18, 2023

Vida Sanchez

2023 Fellow
Vida dreams of self-determined Black, Indigenous, and/or migrant farmworker communities providing the human right to safe and affordable access to clean water, air, food, and shelter for all in California’s Central Valley and beyond.