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Spring 2018 Newsletter
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Review article jointly authored by CRESSH and the Johns Hopkins EHD Center accepted for publication
 
A new review article, titled “Established and emerging environmental contributors to disparities in asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease,” was recently accepted for publication in Current Epidemiology Reports. The article was jointly authored by CRESSH investigators and researchers from the Environmental Health Disparities Center based out of Johns Hopkins University. The authors reviewed the current literature on environmental exposures and disparities in respiratory diseases, such as asthma and COPD. They identified four domains that contribute to environmental health disparities for respiratory illnesses among socioeconomically-disadvantaged and racially/ethnically diverse populations, including the home environment, neighborhood environment, non-modifiable individual factors, and individual behaviors and attributes. Examples of factors within these domains can be seen in the diagram below. Click here to read the full article.

Levy et al. 2018
CRESSH hosts joint External Advisory Board and Internal Steering Committee meeting
 
CRESSH investigators met with the members of the  CRESSH External Advisory Board (EAB) and Internal Steering Committee (ISC) to discuss the work and directions of CRESSH projects and cores to date. The meeting took place at the Harvard School of Public Health and was attended by External Advisory Board members, Internal Steering Committee members, CRESSH investigators, staff, community partners, graduate students, and undergraduate students. Investigators from each project and core presented three lightning talks, which aimed to highlight interesting research and activities from the past year, and then opened the floor for discussion and questions from the EAB and ISC members as well as from others in attendance. The Center plans to use the insights from the meeting to sustain its focus on community-based environmental health disparities research through the upcoming years. Thank you to all that attended!
Jon Levy moderates panel for BUSPH Dean’s Symposium – Changing the Climate: How Public Health, Cities, and the Media Can Advance Climate Solutions

Jon Levy (CRESSH Co-Director) recently participated in the April 2018 Dean’s Symposium titled “Changing the Climate: How Public Health, Cities, and the Media Can Advance Climate Solutions.” The symposium was co-hosted by the Boston University School of Public Health and the Pulitzer Center and aimed to bring together leaders in public health, cities, and journalism to discuss strategies to communicate and address climate change. Additional collaborators included the BU Initiative on Cities, the Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Innovate@BU, and Sustainability@BU. Dr. Levy moderated a panel titled “Cities as Drivers of Climate Solutions,” which focused on strategies to encourage cities to become cleaner and to stimulate climate action. Click here to watch the whole symposium, or you can see a five-minute overview here.
 
CRESSH participates in the BU Urban Biogeoscience and Environmental Health Spring Symposium

CRESSH investigators recently participated in the BU Urban Biogeoscience and Environmental Health Spring Symposium, designed to stimulate discussion of collaborative research ideas that could be addressed in the new Boston University Graduate Program in Urban Biogeoscience and Environmental Health (URBAN Program). The symposium featured numerous lightning talks by faculty from the departments of Environmental Heath, Biogeoscience, and Statistics and aimed to highlight topics in air, water, climate, land use, and noise pollution research. Madeleine Scammell (CEC Lead) presented on the health impacts of urban noise and Patricia Fabian (MAP-EHD Lead) presented on methods to increase understanding of environmental health disparities using land use data and data on other modifiable health risk factors. Jon Levy (CRESSH Co-Director) is the Associate Director of URBAN. Click here for more information on the new URBAN Program.
Patricia Fabian Presents at BU Research on Tap

Patricia Fabian (MAP-EHD Lead) presented at a recent Boston University Research On Tap event, “Inequality in the United States.” Dr. Fabian’s lightning talk, titled “Trends in Ambient Air Pollution Exposure and Residential Infiltration in Inequality across Massachusetts,” highlighted the work of the MAP-EHD Study to examine disparities in housing leakiness and air pollution exposure in Massachusetts over time among racial/ethnic groups, different education levels, and people who live in urban vs. rural areas.
Erica Walker featured in Boston Globe Magazine

Erica Walker (BUSPH postdoctoral research associate and CRESSH researcher) was featured in the Boston Globe Magazine in an article titled “Is Boston getting noisier? This app is designed to help us find out.” The article discusses Dr. Walker’s research on the health impacts of urban noise exposures and the noise monitoring app she created called NoiseScore, which allows users to record sound levels around them and map them in real time. Click hear to read the full article and learn more about Dr. Walker’s work.
Kevin Lane featured in PHX video series

Kevin Lane (HEAL and MAP-EHD Investigator) was recently highlighted in a video in the Boston University Public Health Exchange (PHX) Practically Speaking series. Dr. Lane talks about the power of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in public health and communication strategies for spatially-linked research. Dr. Lane will be teaching a 3-day PHX course this summer titled “Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS)”. Click here for more information on the course and to watch the full video.
Diana Ceballos presents at Gijs van Seventer Environmental Health Seminar
 
Diana Ceballos (Pilot Project Awardee) recently presented at the Gijs van Seventer Environmental Health Seminar. Her talk, titled “Vulnerable Populations and Chemical Exposures in the Workplace”, provided an overview of her research on occupational exposures among populations such as nail salon workers and workers in the electronic waste recycling industry. She also presented on her collaboration with MassCOSH to create picture-based take-home exposure prevention materials and trainings as part of her CRESSH Pilot Project. Click here to learn more about Dr. Ceballos and her CRESSH Pilot Project.
Leila Heidari presents at Gijs van Seventer Environmental Health Seminar
 
BUSPH doctoral student and MAP-EHD researcher Leila Heidari recently presented at the Gijs van Seventer Environmental Health Seminar. Her talk, titled “Exploring Trends in Heat Vulnerability in Massachusetts,” focused on the use of a Heat Vulnerability Index (HVI) as a tool to better understand heat vulnerability and health disparities across the state.
Megan Sandel receives the 2018 MMS Reducing Health Disparities Award
 
Megan Sandel (HEAL Study Co-Investigator) was awarded the Massachusetts Medical Society Reducing Health Disparities Award for her work caring for children from underserved communities in Massachusetts and across the country as well as her efforts to raise awareness on the social determinants of children’s health. Congratulations to Dr. Sandel! Click here to read the full announcement.
MyDzung Chu awarded funding from the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University

MyDzung Chu, a second-year doctoral student in Dr. Gary Adamkiewicz's Healthy Cities Lab, was recently awarded funding by the Joint Center for Housing Studies to support an ongoing CRESSH project titled: "Investigating sources and drivers of disparities in indoor fine particulate matter (PM2.5) and nitrogen dioxide (NO2) concentrations in urban communities." The funding is part of an ongoing effort to support research on housing-related topics by faculty and graduate students at Harvard University.
Anna Rosofsky graduates from the Boston University School of Public Health
 
Anna Rosofsky received her PhD in Environmental Health from the Boston University School of Public Health. Dr. Rosofsky’s dissertation, titled “Ambient air pollution in Massachusetts: inequality trends, residential infiltration, and childhood weight growth trajectories,” was completed as part of the MAP-EHD Study. She now works as a Staff Scientist at the Health Effects Institute in Boston. Congratulations Dr. Rosofsky!
Lacy Reyna graduates from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Lacy Reyna recently completed her graduate work and received her Masters of Science in Environmental Health from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She has worked part-time with the HOME Study during her coursework and will continue this summer. Lacy has participated in many parts of the research including data collection and analysis. She presented her thesis titled: ‘NO2 in Real-Time: Investigating Drivers of Elevated Concentrations in Indoor Air’ on May 3, using HOME study data, and plans to submit a manuscript this fall. Congratulations Lacy!
Recent Publications
 
Levy JI, Quirós-Alcalá L, Fabian MP, Basra K, Hansel NN. Established and emerging environmental contributors to disparities in asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Curr Epi Reports 5(2): 114-124 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1007/s40471-018-0149-9
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