Students tour Port of Long Beach by boat

by Samantha Miyamoto

As an MPH intern at the Community Outreach and Education Program (COEP) in the USC Environmental Health Division, I jumped at the school-sponsored opportunity to tour the Port of Long Beach. On October 28th, our group of USC students, interns, faculty, staff, and members of East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice’s Marina Pando Social Justice Research Collaborative boarded the Pacific Spirit and seated ourselves on the boat’s upper level. The day was clear, the waters calm, and at 11 AM, our instructive experience was underway.

Established in 1911, the 3,200-acre Port of Long Beach is the gateway to the goods movement, which is responsible for the transportation of over 1.15 billion tons of cargo, 1.4 million jobs, and $140 billion generated by “port-related trade”.1,2,3 As the boat hugged the shore heading towards the berthing areas, I was struck by how small I felt. It’s one thing to hear port statistics, and it’s another to see in person one single ship and its cargo towering into the skyline. It was a humbling experience indeed.

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Position Announcement: Environmental Public Health Community Outreach and Engagement

The Community Outreach and Engagement Program announces the following position:
Program Specialist – Environmental Public Health Community Engagement

The Program Specialist is responsible for implementing community engagement and research translation related to public and environmental health for the Community Outreach and Engagement Program in the Division of Environmental Health at USC.  Continue reading “Position Announcement: Environmental Public Health Community Outreach and Engagement”

Welcome to our new website

The Environmental Health Centers at USC blog for news and events of the Centers has been upgraded to this new website. We are excited to be at this location which will make the visitor experience more enjoyable. If you have subscribed to our blog posts in the past, your subscription will remain.

If you have any comments or questions, please let us know below. Thank you!

Webinar on Research Communication

The USC Community Outreach and Engagement Program hosted a webinar today, “Communicating Research on Diesel and Your Health.” This webinar is the first in the Research in Action series being developed by the team. Over 100 participants joined the webinar to discuss the topic from the Moving Forward Network and the network on Partnerships for Environmental Public Health. This included community, public health, government, academic and research, air agency, legal, healthcare, and environmental justice organizations. The team looks forward to receiving suggestions on future webinar topics, to continue the discussions between research and community audiences.

View the diesel infographic here.

All the infographics that the Community Outreach and Engagement Program has developed can be found here on this website. 

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SCEHSC Seminar Series: “Linking Exposure and Translational Science: A Community-Engaged Project near a Legacy Mine”

The SCEHSC Seminar Series presents
“Linking Exposure and Translational Science: A Community-Engaged Project near a Legacy Mine”
Paloma Beamer, PhD
Associate Professor, University of Arizona
College of Public Health, Community, Environment, and Policy Department
Friday, October 7, 2016
11:45 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Soto Street I Building, Room 116
2001 North Soto Street
Los Angeles, CA 90032
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Special Seminar with Manish Arora, PhD: “Reconstructing Early Life Environment Exposures Using Tooth Matrix Biomarkers”

Manish Arora is Director of Exposure Biology and Division Chief of Environmental Health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York. He graduated as a dentist from India, undertook postgraduate public health training in Australia and postdoctoral training at the Harvard School of Public Health. He has used a number of advanced analytical chemistry and nuclear beam methods, including laser ablation-coupled mass spectrometry, and synchrotron and proton-based x-ray emission for bio-imaging of hard and soft tissues. Dr. Arora has published his work in leading journals including Nature and Nature Reviews Neurology, and his work was recently recognized by the New Innovator Award from the NIEHS and NIH Director’s office.


Welcoming new Outreach Director Jill Johnston

New faculty member Jill Johnston, PhD, has joined the Environmental Health Centers and will direct the Outreach program starting in the New Year.  Dr. Johnston brings extensive community experience and research skills.  Broadly, her research focuses on addressing unequal exposures to harmful contaminants that affect the health of working poor and communities of color.  Dr. Johnston worked as a community organizer on issues of environmental and economic justice in South Texas since 2003.  Most recently, she worked at the Gillings School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with Dr. Steve Wing to examine disparities in exposure to industrial animal operations.  She will continue to collaborative with grassroots organizations to conduct community-engaged action-oriented research at USC to support environmental justice.

Current outreach director Andrea Hricko will be retiring from USC, but will continue to work on several projects and provide valuable guidance for the outreach program.

We welcome Dr. Johnston, and know she will make excellent contributions to this work.