Environmental Justice and Air Quality – Podcast

JPB Senior Fellow Dr. Christina H. Fuller shares her work on environmental health and justice, particularly examining how air quality varies down to a block-level across communities. She provides insights on conducting participatory research within frontline communities and advocating for more inclusive environmental justice research. Dr. Fuller also discusses her diverse work experiences from industry, non-profits, consulting, and academia. Listen here. 

Blood on the Leaves – Earth in Color

Exploring the racist and colonial roots of nature and “wilderness,” from forced land labor to green space gaps. This contributed piece is a part of our Featured Voices series, which invites writers, poets, artists, and creators to explore the various intersections of Blackness and Greenness. This personal essay is by Dr. Jennifer D. Roberts, a tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Kinesiology, School of Public Health at the University…

New echo study investigates the relationship between a mother’s oxidative stress levels and preterm birth

A collaborative research study led by Stephanie Eick, PhD, MPH of Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health and Rachel Morello-Frosch PhD, MPH of the University of California, Berkeley found an association between elevated levels of oxidative stress and higher risk of preterm birth. This study examined data from 1,916 racially, ethnically, and demographically diverse pregnant people from four ECHO cohorts across the United States and Puerto Rico. This research…

Correspondence on “Home is Where the Pipeline Ends: Characterization of Volatile Organic Compounds Present in Natural Gas at the Point of the Residential End User”

In the United States, the basic functions of cooking, heating, cooling, and hot water are often powered by natural gas. However, gas is responsible for the majority (81–87%) of carbon emissions generated by buildings. (1) Moreover, cooking with gas contributes to significant indoor air pollution. (2) A recent study published in Environmental Science & Technology further uncovered the presence of multiple volatile organic compounds in unburned gas from kitchen stoves, providing the most comprehensive documentation to…

New Article: Maternal per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances exposures associated with higher depressive symptom scores among immigrant women in the Chemicals in Our Bodies cohort in San Francisco

Exposure to per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) remains an important public health issue due to widespread detection and persistence in environmental media, slow metabolism in humans, and influences on physiological processes such as neurological signaling. Maternal depression is highly prevalent during pregnancy and postpartum and is potentially sensitive to PFAS. The health risks associated with PFAS may be further amplified in historically marginalized communities, including immigrants. Read more.

Four JPB Fellows Represent Environmental Health Sciences Core Centers

Four researchers affiliated with NIEHS Environmental Health Sciences (EHS) Core Centers have been selected to join the JPB Environmental Health Fellowship Program, administered by the T.H. Chan School of Public Health at Harvard University. The competitive program supports junior faculty from U.S. institutions who study how social and environmental factors influence health disparities in under-resourced communities. The new fellowship class includes Max Aung, Ph.D., of the University of Southern California;…

Podcast: Houselessness and the environment: a roundtable

People experiencing houselessness are amongst those most affected by extreme cold, extreme heat, wildfires, and other weather exacerbated by climate change. The Water We Swim In team wanted to learn more about houselessness and its ties to the environment – especially because Wisconsin’s already frigid winters and hot summers might become more erratic. We sat down with 7 community leaders and researchers from Boston to Portland to talk about the…

MyDzung Chu

Assistant Professor Institute for Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies Tufts Medical Center Tufts University School of Medicine Boston, Massachusetts mchu1@tuftsmedicalcenter.org MyDzung T. Chu, PhD, MSPH, is a Faculty Researcher at the Center for Community-Engaged Medicine in the Institute for Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies and the Director of the ADAPT (Addressing Disparities in Asian Populations through Translational Research) Coalition at Tufts Clinical and Translational Science Institute. Trained as an environmental and occupational…

EPA Appoints Children’s Health Protection Advisory Committee

JPB Fellow Dr. Jennifer Roberts has been appointed to the Children’s Health Protection Advisory Committee (CHPAC). CHPAC is a body of external representatives from a cross-section of stakeholder perspectives including research, academia, healthcare, legal, state, environmental organizations, and local and tribal governments. CHPAC advises EPA on regulations, research, and communications related to children’s environmental health. Members of the committee are appointed by EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan. Learn more. 

Jose Cedeno Laurent

Assistant Professor Department of Environmental and Occupational Health and Justice Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute Rutgers University School of Public Health, Piscataway, New Jersey memo.cedeno@rutgers.edu Dr. José Guillermo (Memo) Cedeño Laurent is an Assistant Professor at the Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute at Rutgers University. As Director of the Climate Adaptive and Restorative Environments (CARE) Lab, Dr. Cedeño Laurent’s scientific and professional goal is to contribute to the…