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.