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Monthly Environment Section Call

We hold a one hour conference call once a month. Throughout this hour, we talk about the Section's activities, current issues in environmental health, opportunities for collaboration, and more. If you are a Section member, we would love for you to join us! If you are not a member, please consider signing up for an APHA membership at the top of this page or adding our Section to your current membership. We know you'll appreciate our selfless, brilliant, and diverse community of environmental experts. If you are a member of the Environment Section but do not receive our announcements, please contact Ellen-Claire Newell.

Environment Section Policy Statements

As members of APHA, we are committed to educating the public about environmental health. We do this by contacting our legislators, commenting on federal proposals, collaborating to advance environmental stewardship, writing policy statements, and more.

Policy statements help shape APHA's position on legislation and regulations, help others write briefs and statements about public health issues, highlight the latest research on specific public health topics, and serve as a resource for the general public. We have over 400 policy statements related to the environment in our policy statement database.

2021 Environment Section Award Winners

We have some brilliant people in our Section, and it's important to us we recognize them for their contributions to environmental health.

Homer N. Calver Award: Tracey Woodruff, PhD, MPH

Tracey Woodruff, is a Professor in the UCSF Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences. She is a recognized expert on environmental pollution exposures and impacts on health, with a focus on pregnancy, infancy and childhood, and her innovations in translating and communicating scientific findings for clinical and policy audiences. Before joining UCSF, Dr. Woodruff was a senior scientist and policy advisor for the U.S. EPA's Office of Policy. She was appointed by the governor of California in 2012 to the Science Advisory Board of the Developmental and Reproductive Toxicant (DART) Identification Committee.

Rebecca A. Head Award: Michele Okoh, J.D.

Michele Okoh is emerging leader from environmental health working at the nexus of science, policy and environmental justice. Ms. Okoh’s work focuses primarily on environmental justice, administrative law, and public health law. Her research interests lie at the intersection of environmental justice and public health. She draws upon theories across disciplines in addressing legal issues and views environmental justice through a health equity lens. Her health equity approach orients her scholarship around demonstrating that environmental justice is in fact achievable. Her work emphasizes the need for a focus on achieving equity.

Damu Smith Award: Omega and Brenda Wilson

Omega and Brenda Wilson are recognized for their tireless work for environmental justice in their community and nationally. They are co-founders of the West End Revitalization Association (WERA) and have been advocating for basic public health amenities for African American, Indigenous, Latinx and marginalized communities in North Carolina and the Southeast region of the USA. WERA was awarded the U.S. EPA’s Environmental Justice Achievement Award in 2008, and served on the EPA’s National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC) 2007-2010 in addition to many regional awards and committees. WERA was invited to provide input to the Obama-Biden Administration on “Environmental Justice” 2008-2016, and the Biden-Harris Administration for reorganization of the Environmental Protection Agency and the Council for Environmental Quality (CEQ) 2020-present.

Distinguished Service Award: Jyotsna Jagai, PhD, MS, MPH

Jyotsna Jagai has made significant contributions to APHA and the Environment Section. Jyotsna has actively served the section since the she was a student and has held roles including, Section Councilor, Co-Program Planner, Membership Chair and Chair. Throughout her focus has been on students and early career professionals. She continues her engagement with APHA currently by bringing issues of the environment to the APHA Science Board and review of policies.

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