Lecture: Healthier Communities Make Healthier People

Wed, May 3 at 1:00 - 2:00 pm
JHU East Baltimore campus, Becton Dickinson Room (W1020)
615 N. Wolfe St, Baltimore, MD 21205

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A visionary when it comes to designing healthy communities, Richard Jackson set the stage for improving the health of Americans.

At this lecture hosted by the Bloomberg American Health Initiative (BAHI), Dr. Jackson will challenge Johns Hopkins and the public health field to go beyond identifying the problems, and will outline ways we can be the voice and the muscle to transform communities in the United States for healthier children and adults. 

Non-JHU affiliates should RSVP to kigrec@jhu.edu 

Meet the Presenter

Richard Jackson is a Professor at the Fielding School of Public Health at the University of California, Los Angeles. His research focuses on environmental impacts on health ranging from toxicology, chemical body burdens, terrorism, sustainability, climate change, urban design and architecture.

A pediatrician, Dr. Jackson has served in many leadership positions in both environmental health and infectious disease with the California Health Department, including the highest as the State Health Officer. For nine years he was Director of the CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health in Atlanta and received the Presidential Distinguished Service award. In October, 2011 he was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.

While in California Dr. Jackson was instrumental in conceptualizing laws to reduce risks from pesticides, especially to farm workers and to children. While at CDC he was a national and international leader, including leading the federal effort to “biomonitor” chemical levels in the US population.  He has received the Breast Cancer Fund’s Hero Award, as well as Lifetime Achievement Awards fromthe Public Health Law Association, and the New Partners for Smart Growth. In October, 2012 he received the John Heinz Award for Leadership in the Environment.

Dr. Jackson co-authored two Island Press Books: Urban Sprawl and Public Health in 2004 and Making Healthy Places in 2011. He is host of a 2012 public television series Designing Healthy Communities which links to the J Wiley & Sons book by the same name.  He has served on many environmental and health boards, as well as the Board of Directors of the American Institute of Architects. He is an elected honorary member of both the American Institute of Architects and the American Society of Landscape Architects.

The High Line is a 1.45 mile long New York City park built in Manhattan on an elevated section of a disused
New York Central Railroad spur called the West Side Line. Photo Credit: US Department of Agriculture

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When we were young, we had trouble seeing the cattle in the grassland. Now we can see the mice.
— Chinese farmers as quoted in The Coming Famine by Julian Cribb