Occupational Safety and Health Content Accessible to All

NIOSH, Wiki Education Foundation, and Harvard University Work Together to Make Occupational Safety and Health Content Accessible to All Find out how JPB Senior Fellow Diana Ceballos used the Wiki Education Foundation platform during two of the years she taught the graduate course EH262, Introduction to the Work Environment, at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Read more here.

Native Communities lost health care services

Here’s how the government shutdown could affect your health The United States is rolling into the third week with a partially shutdown government, with no signs of a re-opening any time soon. Thousands of federal employees are working without pay, thousands more are furloughed and waiting at home, and dozens of federal programs are on pause. And some of those interruptions are affecting people’s health. “The impact of the government…

Climate Change Activism Among Latino and White Americans

Latest publication by JPB Fellow Matthew Cutler Research indicates that Latinos have particularly strong pro-environmental attitudes and support for policies to reduce climate change. This study explores differences in climate change activism (i.e., contacting government officials) between Latino and non-Latino White citizens in the United States, and the individual and social factors that predict engagement. Read more.

Senior Fellow Diana Ceballos’ research featured in E-Scrap News

REPORT: FLAME RETARDANTS TOUGH TO REMOVE FROM SKIN. By Jared Paben | December 20, 2018 Results of a new study suggest e-scrap workers must wipe their hands multiple times at the end of their shifts to remove toxic flame retardants. The study was conducted by scientists at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the College of William & Mary. The…

Course Uses Wikipedia as Tool for Teaching Science Translation

Senior JPB Fellow Diana Ceballos, a research scientist in the Department of Environmental Health, incorporated Wikipedia into her course curriculum (the first time was last spring). “In other classes, students spend a lot of time writing papers that only the teacher reads,” she said. “They love this project because they feel that they are writing for an audience that cares about the topic, and that their work matters.” Read more here.

Dr. Chandra Jackson is Paving the Road to Prevention While Mentoring the Next Generation of Scientists

As an Adjunct Investigator within the Division of Intramural Research of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), Chandra L. Jackson, Ph.D., M.S., contributes to the Intramural Research Program’s high-risk/high-impact health disparities research. These new areas are: social and behavioral sciences, community and population health, and molecular and epidemiology and genomic sciences. Jackson’s focus is on the latter. Read more.

Evaluating e-waste workers’ exposure to flame retardants

A common method used to evaluate skin exposure to hazardous chemicals among workers at electronics recycling plants is to wipe workers’ hands with hand wipes and measure the amount of chemicals on them. A new study found that it took multiple wipes to remove much of the flame retardant residue from workers’ hands at one U.S. recycling facility. The study was co-authored by Senior JPB Fellow Diana Ceballos of Harvard T.H. Chan…

Wildfire smoke exposure under climate change

Impact on respiratory health of affected communities. In this review, JPB Fellow Colleen Reid and Melissa Maestas describe the current status of the literature regarding respiratory health related to wildfire smoke exposure, anticipated future impacts under a changing climate, and strategies to reduce respiratory health impacts of wildfire smoke. Read more.

It’s not easy assessing greenness

A comparison of NDVI datasets and neighborhood types and their associations with self-rated health in New York City. Growing evidence suggests that exposure to greenness benefits health, but studies assess greenness differently. JPB Fellow Colleen Reid from the University of Colorado hypothesizes that greenness-health associations vary by exposure assessment method. Read more.

Latest CRESSH Study

This article was originally posted on the CRESSH newsletter, Issue Fall 2018. CRESSH investigators publish a new study on the relationship between perceptions of environmental and social stressors and self-rated health. Jonathan Levy (CRESSH Co-Director), JPB Senior Fellow Madeleine Scammell (CEC Director), Roseann Bongiovanni (Community Partner), along with other colleagues recently published a paper titled “Self-rated health and its association with perceived environmental hazards, the social environment, and cultural stressors in an…