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 environmental health disparities among vulnerable populations. Read more about the Fellows. 

The Fellowship By Numbers

7 Promotions

  • Five Fellows were promoted to Associate Professor. One fellow moved from research scientist to faculty and another one was promoted at her federal agency.

15 Collaborations

  • The program has fostered cross-disciplinary collaborations that include research projects, publications, workshops and panels.

17 Research Projects

  • The JPB EH Fellows are undertaking research projects relevant to vulnerable populations in urban and rural communities across the U.S., with advancements on different topics. Read more.


      • Recognition of their work resulted in 17 research awards, as well as numerous appointments serving their university community, and state.


  • The Fellowship funded: A state-of-the-art environmental monitoring laboratory at the University of Memphis, and a Mobile Lab at the University of Texas, El Paso.

1 Book Published

  • Fractivism: Corporate Bodies and Chemical Bonds by Sara Wylie*. *Sara’s book received outstanding reviews in three academic journals and won the prestigious Diane Forsythe Prize for feminist work in the Social Studies of Science.

85+ Students

  • More than 85 graduate students involved in JPB EH Fellowship research. The Fellowship has also supported the engagement of 25 undergraduate students from several disciplines, as well as 15 high school students from the Alpha Youth Leadership Academy in El Paso, TX

57 Peer-reviwed papers

Model of Health and Wellbeing

  • Collaborative work among the Fellows led to the creation of a research framework to further study the interrelation between social and environmental stressors at different life stages and their impact on (long-term) health.
  • The Integrated Socio-Environmental Model of Health and Well-being* provides a comprehensive, theoretically informed framework to guide future research on the joint contribution of social and environmental factors to health and well-being across the life span.

*Olvera, H. A., Appleton, A. A., Fuller, C. H., Belcourt, A., & Kubzansky, L. D. (2018). An Integrated Socio-
Environmental Model of Health and Well-Being: a Conceptual Framework Exploring the Joint Contribution of Environmental and Social Exposures to Health and Disease Over the Life Span. Current Environmental Health
Reports, 1-11