Are sleep patterns influenced by race/ethnicity – a marker of relative advantage or disadvantage?

Evidence to date Sleep is a fundamental necessity of life. However, sleep health and sleep disorders are not equitably distributed across racial/ethnic groups. In fact, growing research consistently demonstrates that racial/ethnic minorities are more likely to experience, for instance, shorter sleep durations, less deep sleep, inconsistent sleep timing, and lower sleep continuity in comparison to Whites. However, racial/ethnic disparities in reports of sleepiness and sleep complaints are inconsistent. Racial/ethnic groups…

Senior Fellows 2014 – 2017

The first cohort of JPB Environmental Health Fellows was comprised of nine assistant professors (Faculty Fellows) from academic institutions across the U.S and three research scientists from government agencies (Agency Fellows).

The JPB EH Fellowship By Numbers

The JPB Environmental Health Fellowship Program was developed to create compassionate environmental health leaders who inspire and engage their colleagues, students, institutions, and communities in order to solve complex environmental health problems. In 2014, after a national recruiting campaign the first cohort of 12 scholars (nine from Academic Institutions and three from Federal Agencies) were selected. Together they have implemented interdisciplinary research projects that advance the knowledge on social and…

JPB Fellows Explore Environmental Public Health at UM

JPB Fellows visited the University of Montana this week as part of a Harvard program to address social and environmental health disparities that disproportionately impact vulnerable communities. “It’s a really unique opportunity for UM to host a diverse group of Fellows who are really working to transform the lives and health of people throughout the nation,” said Senior Fellow Annie Belcourt, who has Blackfeet, Chippewa, Mandan and Hidatsa tribal affiliations.…

Atlanta Meets Smog Standards As EPA Delays Reducing Them

That’s good news for people’s health, but the pollution rules could be stricter. The Trump Administration recently delayed fully implementing a lower ozone standard. Still, officials here say it’s a big deal that Atlanta is meeting federal ozone rules. Read more.

Exposure to artificial light at bedtime linked with weight gain in women

Sleeping with a television or light on in the room may be a risk factor for gaining weight or developing obesity, according to scientists at the National Institutes of Health. The research, which was published online June 10 in JAMA Internal Medicine, is the first to find an association between any exposure to artificial light at night while sleeping and weight gain in women. The results suggest that cutting off lights…

Can Sleeping With The TV On Really Lead To Weight Gain?

JPB Fellow Chandra Jackson latest study, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, suggests that sleeping with something that produces light may not be a bright idea. The study showed an association between the amount of artificial light, such as light produced by a television or a night light, in a room while sleeping and gain in body weight over time. Is this yet another reason why you shouldn’t install a constant…

Implications of the California Wildfires for Health, Communities, and Preparedness

National Academies of Science – Workshop (June 4, 2019 – June 5, 2019, Sacramento CA). California and other wildfire-prone western states have experienced a substantive increase in the number and intensity of wildfires in recent years. Indeed, a “new normal” in wildfires has emerged in California and elsewhere. According to the Sacramento Bee, large scale wildfires in California destroyed or damaged more than 10,000 structures in 2017, a higher total…

Wildfire Air Pollution and Health

JPB Fellow Colleen Reid latest publications: Associations between ozone and fine particulate matter with respiratory health during a wildfire event. Wildfires have been increasing in frequency in the western United States (US) with the 2017 and 2018 fire seasons experiencing some of the worst wildfires in terms of suppression costs and air pollution that the western US has seen. Although growing evidence suggests respiratory exacerbations from elevated fine particulate matter(PM2.5) during wildfires, significantly less is known…

Electronics Waste and Human Health Webinar

Electronics Waste & Human Health\ Wednesday, June 5, 2019 | 12 – 1 PM (PST) FREE Webinar presented by Senior JPB Fellow Diana Ceballos through The University of California, Berkeley in collaboration with Jim Puckett co-founder and Executive Director of Basel Action Network. Register here.