Lara Cushing

Assistant Professor Department of Environmental Health Science, University of California, Los Angeles Fellowship Project: From the city to the cell: neighborhood determinants of adverse birth outcomes Lara Cushing has expertise in environmental health disparities, spatial data analysis, climate change, and epidemiology. Lara’s research focuses on social inequalities in exposure to environmental hazards, and race and class determinants of environmental health disparities. Her work has investigated questions of environmental justice in…

JPB Fellows in the 31st Annual Conference of the ISEE 2019

The 31st annual conference of the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology (ISEE 2019) took place in the historic city of Utrecht, the Netherlands. The meeting theme was ‘”On Airs, Waters, Places”’ in recognition of what was probably the first surviving text on environmental health, written by Hippocrates of Kos some 400 years B.C.E. Find below what some JPB Fellows presented: Acetylcholinesterase inhibition and symptoms of depression and anxiety among adolescents near agriculture…

There is no Green Book for Walking

Why do African-Americans still need to cautiously navigate as pedestrians? by JPB Fellow Jennifer Roberts. Late last year, the movie “Green Book,” starring Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen was released. This true story, which received three Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Supporting Actor for Ali, was about Tony Lip (Mortensen), an Italian-American bouncer in the early 1960s, being hired to drive Dr. Don Shirley (Ali), an African-American jazz pianist,…

Viniece Jennings

Assistant Professor  Agnes Scott College viniece.jennings@gmail.com Viniece Jennings is an Assistant Professor at Agnes Scott College where she focuses on the intersection between green space, health, and social justice. Viniece was also an expert featured in Atlanta Magazine, Georgia Public Broadcasting, and Live Happy Magazine for her contributions to research on city parks and well-being. Prior to her role at the USDA, she interned at the White House Council on…

José Suárez, MPH, MD, PhD

2014 – 2017 Associate Professor Department of Family Medicine and Public Health University of California San Diego jrsuarez@ucsd.edu Fellowship Project: Nuts and Olestra for Persistent Organic Pollutant Reduction (NO-POPs) Trial: A Pilot Investigation “My main research interests involve understanding the role of environmental pollutants on child development and alterations in metabolism in adults.” This information is accurate as of the fellowship year indicated for each fellow.

Annie Belcourt

Professor of Pharmacy Practice/Community & Public Health Science College of Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences University of Montana annie.belcourt@umontana.edu Current Fellowship Project: Indigenous Home Health: Community Driven Approaches to Wellness Dr. Belcourt (Otter Woman) is an American Indian Assistant Professor in the College of Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences at the University of Montana’s Pharmacy Practice and School of Public and Community Health Sciences Departments (enrolled tribal member of the…

Diana Hernández

Associate Professor of Sociomedical Sciences Mailman School of Public Health Columbia University dh2494@columbia.edu Fellowship Projects: a) Beyond Implementation: Evaluating Compliance and Refining Enforcement of Smoke-free Housing Policy in Low-income Multiple Unit Housing Settings Study, b) National Energy Insecurity Study “At its core, our home is where we launch our lives from on a daily basis. Housing is therefore an important area of study and intervention as it carries vital health and…

Stephanie Moore

2014 – 2017 Research Oceanographer Northwest Fisheries Science Center NOAA Fisheries, U.S. Department of Commerce stephanie.moore@noaa.gov Fellowship Project: Identifying community needs and developing emergency response strategies for coastal fishing communities impacted by harmful algal blooms. “I believe that healthy people need healthy oceans.” Growing up in Australia and surrounded by water, Stephanie Moore understood the intimate and inextricable connection between the oceans and human health. Just as the oceans can…

Hector Olvera

2014 – 2017 Professor, School of Nursing Senior Associate Dean for Research, School of Nursing Oregon Health & Sciences University in Portland, Oregon olveraal@ohsu.edu Fellowship Project: Life stress, particulate matter exposure, and inflammatory reactivity.  Hector A. Olvera Alvarez has degrees in Civil Engineering (B.S.,1999), Environmental Engineering (M.S., 2002), and Environmental Science and Engineering (Ph.D., 2006). Dr. Olvera Alvarez’ post-doc experiences include trainings at Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute in Albuquerque, NM.…

Sara Wylie

Associate Professor of Anthropology Social Science and Environmental Health Research Institute Northeastern University www.sarawylie.com s.wylie@neu.edu “I believe we need system-wide research at a grassroots level that can only be achieved by collaborative, mutually beneficial work whose ultimate goal is not publications, but prevention or remediation of environmental health problems.” Sara seeks to develop new modes of studying and intervening in large-scale social and environmental health issues such endocrine disrupting chemicals…