On October 4, 2019, Dr. Jill Johnston was recognized for her outstanding contributions in the field of air pollution health research and efforts to improve public health as she received the Robert M. Zweig, M.D. Memorial Award given to her by the South Coast Air Quality Management District at their 31st Annual Clean Air Awards Luncheon in downtown Los Angeles.
As Dr. Johnston, accepted her award she said:
“Thank you, I am honored and humbled to receive this award. I would like to first recognize and thank all the communities on the frontline working tirelessly to make sure we can all breathe clean air. They are my motivation and inspiration for research and studies.
Secondly, I thank my team of amazing women that make sure science and data doesn’t stay in the ivy tower, but is a tool for residents and public officials to use. This aims to increase capacity of community residents to collect and understand their air quality.
Building upon decades of research from scientists, doctors and communities, the evidence is overwhelming – air pollution harms people of all ages, effects our health in many different ways and at concentrations lower than typical days in LA – and increasingly, we see evidence that this harm is transgenerational.
As the frequency of unhealthy air days is rising, as toxics continue to be emitted near schools and homes, it is clear that we pay a too high a price for inaction. I want for my daughters to live in a LA where they won’t have to check the Air Quality Index or install air monitors because the right to clean air will be available to everyone.
So with this, I ask that we collaborate and proactively implement real solutions.”Continue reading “Jill Johnston recognized at the 31st Annual Clean Air Awards”