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EH MATTERS Faculty: Jill Johnston

Jill Johnston

Jill Johnston, PhD
Assistant Professor of Preventive Medicine

Websites: SCEHSC, Faculty profile, Google Scholar

Areas of research:

• Effects of industrial pollutants on neighborhood health

• Community-driven approaches to assess exposure pathways & community well-being

• Children’s respiratory health in rural and urban environmental justice communities

• Assessing impacts of oil drilling and metals operations in Los Angeles

EH MATTERS Internship Description:

• Interns will support community-driven research for environmental justice

• Examine the relationship between industrial sources of pollution and community health

• Engage communities in environmental health popular education workshops

• The research will focus on community health impacts of goods movement and international trade in LA and the Inland Empire

Key publications and related coverage:

Johnston JE, Franklin M, Roh H, Austin C, Arora M. Lead and arsenic in shed deciduous teeth of children living near a lead-acid battery smelter. Environmental Science & Technology 2019. doi: 10.1021/acs.est.9b00429

Johnston, JE. Tooth fairy study reveals children near lead smelters are exposed to dangerous lead in the womb. The Conversation. May 15, 2019.

Johnston JE, Juarez Z, Navarro S, Hernandez A, Gutschow W. Youth Engaged Participatory Air Monitoring: A ‘Day in the Life’ in Urban Environmental Justice Communities. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 2020;17:93. doi: 10.3390/ijerph17010093

A Day in the Life: A community science air monitoring program. 2018. ESRI StoryMap. (

Johnston, JE, Cushing, L. Chemical Exposures, Health, and Environmental Justice in Communities Living on the Fenceline of Industry. Curr Envir Health Rpt 7, 48–57 (2020). doi: 10.1007/s40572-020-00263-8

Johnston, JE, Chau, K., Franklin, M., Cushing, L. Environmental Justice Dimensions of Oil and Gas Flaring in South Texas: Disproportionate Exposure among Hispanic communities. Environmental Science & Technology 2020 54 (10), 6289-6298. doi: 10.1021/acs.est.0c00410

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