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…

Meet JPB Fellow Marccus Hendricks

Hendricks, an assistant professor in the University of Maryland School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation’s Urban Studies and Planning Program, will receive up to $240,000 over three years as he plans to explore how toxic flood waters and damaged infrastructure resulting from natural disasters beget public health crises. In addition, Hendricks’ research will investigate how “citizen scientists” can play a part in monitoring and inspecting infrastructure systems in order to…

Kirk Jalbert

Assistant Professor School for the Future of Innovation in Society School of Computing, Informatics, & Decision Systems Engineering Arizona State University Tempe, AZ kirk.jalbert@asu.edu Fellowship Project: Assessing Capacity for Deployments of Data and Technology in Public Engagements with Oil and Gas Pipeline Projects Kirk Jalbert is an Assistant Professor at Arizona State University in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society with a joint appointment in the School…

Greg Bratman

Assistant Professor Environmental & Forest Sciences College of the Environment University of Washington Seattle, WA bratman@uw.edu Fellowship Project: Nature exposure, mental health, and equity: a multi-method approach Gregory Bratman is the Doug Walker Endowed Assistant Professor of Nature, Health, and Recreation in the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences at the University of Washington, where he also works with EarthLab’s Nature for Health – a group of collaborators that work…

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…