New Community-Based Participatory Research Initiative

Isabel Cuervo and Diego Palaguachi, from Make the Road New York, a collaborator of The Barry Commoner Center for Health and the Environment, have been accepted to the year-long Community-Based Participatory Research Partnership Academy (Academy) with a one-week intensive training at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, this July. The Academy is jointly hosted by the Detroit Community-Academic Urban Research Center (Detroit URC) and the University of Michigan School of Public Health, As Fellows, they will be learning how to advance and strengthen The Commoner Center’s efforts to design and implement research programs with community-based organizations and their constituents.

Dr. Alfredo Morabia Named Editor-In-Chief of the American Journal of Public Health

Alfredo Morabia, MD, PhD, MPH, MHS, Professor of Epidemiology at the Commoner Center at Queens College, CUNY, will become the Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Public Health (AJPH), the flagship journal of the American Public Health Association, on June 1, 2015. Dr. Morabia is a longtime contributor to the journal and formerly served as the Editor-in-Chief of the journal, Preventive Medicine. In his coming tenure, Dr. Morabia intends to engage with a younger generation of AJPH readers through a range of social media platforms and will work with the American Public Health Association towards the goal of making the United States the “healthiest nation in one generation.”

Commoner Center Staff Pursue Graduate Study

Commoner Center staff are thriving and pursuing their interests in health and the environment. Jonathan Corbin MPH will continue his work at the Commoner Center while pursuing a Doctor of Public Health at the School of Public Health at the CUNY Graduate Center, with a focus on occupational health. Jessica Rossoff will begin studies to become a Doctor of Osteopathy at the New York Institute of Technology’s College of Osteopathic Medicine. Zoey Laskaris MPH will study occupational epidemiology in pursuing her PhD at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. Jennifer Imasuen will begin studying to become a Physician Assistant at City College’s Sophie Davis Program. Katie McConnell will begin a Master’s degree in environmental management at Yale’s School of Forestry. Congratulations to all!

New Researcher Augments Immigrant Occupational Health Program at the Center

Isabel Cuervo PhD is a new Research Associate at the Center. She is currently designing and managing multiple projects related to immigrant and low-wage worker health and safety. She has a BA in architecture from Barnard College and a PhD from the interdisciplinary Environmental Psychology program at the CUNY Graduate Center. She has varied research experience from across the social sciences, including housing, urban planning, education, and community health. Her dissertation research was a qualitative case study examining residents’ and housing professionals’ understandings of housing, neighborhood and community building practices in a state-sponsored social housing development in Bogotá, Colombia. She has taught courses on the urban and neighborhood aspects of environmental psychology at City College of New York (graduate), Sarah Lawrence College (undergraduate), and the High School for Health Professions and Human Services (secondary). She is an Editorial Board Member of the Qualitative Report, a peer-reviewed, online bi-monthly journal devoted to qualitative, critical, action, and collaborative research.

Re-naming CBNS to the Barry Commoner Center of Health and the Environment

On December 2 at 4:30 pm, Queens College President Félix V. Matos Rodríguez will join Center faculty and staff to officially re-name the Center for the Biology of Natural Systems after its founder, Barry Commoner. We will also have an open house that afternoon from 3:00 pm to 5:30 pm and short faculty talks from 3:00 pm to 4:15 pm. The location is Remsen Hall, 3rd Floor, Queens College, CUNY. The CUNY community and interested individuals are invited.

In June 2015, the Worker Health Protection Program issued it's annual edition of the Health Watch newsletter. Health Watch consists of program updates and health and safety news relevant to the former DOE workforce. The 2015 newsletter will be distributed to over 30,000 former DOE workers and other stakeholders.

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verybody loves the idea of preventing illness but it is tough in practice. If you feel good, it is not easy to make a habit to eat right, exercise often, and get the medical tests that you need. And if you are sick, it is even harder to focus on prevention, since your energy is directed towards getting better. Further, we are constantly bombarded with advice or new studies about keeping healthy, and more

The Worker Health Protection Program issues the 2014 Healthwatch Annual Newsletter consisting of program updates and health and safety news relevant to the former DOE workforce and other stakeholders.

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The Worker Health Protection Program (WHPP) Early Lung Cancer Detection Program (ELCD) marked a milestone with the detection of its 100th lung cancer. The WHPP ELCD has been in operation for thirteen years and is presently the largest occupational lung cancero screening program in the world. To date, the WHPP ELCD has provided low-dose CT scans to over 13,000 former and current Department of Energy (DOE) workers from nine facilities throughout the country. Lung cancer has been detected in approximately one of every 129 WHPP ELCD Programparticipants screened. The WHPP ELCD program presently operates at the: Paducah, Portsmouth, more


News Side Panel

Steven Markowitz will serve a new three year term (2015-2018) as a member of the NIOSH World Trade Center Health Program Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee.

Steven Markowitz MD, DrPH will speak on "Asbestos, Asbestosis, Smoking and Lung Cancer: Update of the North American Insulator Cohort" at a course, Current on September 16, 2014.

Jonathan Corbin will present a poster entitled "Solvent Exposure Associated with Hearing Loss in Department of Energy Workers" on November 15-19th, 2014.

Have epidemiologists become infatuated with methods? on November 13, 2014.

Saving Lives one DOE worker at a time