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Jackson Richard J.

E-mail: dickjackson@ph.ucla.edu

Richard Joseph Jackson is Professor and Chair the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at the School of Public Health of the University of California, Los Angeles. A pediatrician and public health leader, he recently served as a professor at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and at the University of California, Berkeley. He served in many leadership positions with the California Health Department, including the highest, State Health Officer. For nine years he was Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) National Center for Environmental Health in Atlanta.

While in California his work led to the establishment of the California Birth Defects Monitoring Program and state and national laws that reduced risks, especially to farm workers and to children, from pesticides. While at CDC he established the national asthma epidemiology and control program, the environmental health “tracking” program, the “built environment and health” activities, and advanced the childhood lead poisoning prevention program. He instituted the current federal effort to “biomonitor” chemical levels in the US population. He was the US lead under several US government efforts around health and environment in Russia, including radiation threats. In the late 1990s he was the CDC leader in establishing the US National Pharmaceutical Stockpile to prepare for terrorism and other disasters—which was activated on September 11, 2001. He has received numerous awards including the Breast Cancer Fund’s Hero Award and the UC Berkeley School of Public Health award as the Distinguished Teacher and Mentor of the Year. He chairs “the Policies and Practices” committee of the CDC/ATSDR National Conversation on Public Health and Chemical Exposures activated September 2009.

Dick Jackson co-authored Urban Sprawl and Public Health, a 2004 book from Island Press and is the host of an upcoming public television special on public spaces-public health. He has served on many health and environment boards, as well as the Board of Directors of the American Institute of Architects.

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