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Environmental Justice and Public Health
What is the impact of environmentally irresponsible acts upon public health? To what extent are members of poor and/or marginalized communities vulnerable to such acts? This panel will address the issues of environmental justice and public health.

Bhatia is director of San Francisco Department of Public Health’s recently created Health Inequities Research Unit and is a member of the Health and Social Justice Committee for the National Association of County and City Health Officials. His experience reflects his expertise in medicine, epidemiology, environmental policy and decision-making.

Julie Chavez Rodríguez is the granddaughter of César Chavez and has been an activist since her childhood, when she was arrested at a protest at the age of 10. She will address the issue of environmental justice from the perspective of how pesticides affect farm workers.

Eveline Shen is executive director of ACRJ, organizes low-income communities of color around issues of social and environmental justice.

  • Moderator: Cheryl Grills, Psychology Dept., LMU
  • Julie Chavez Rodriguez, Activist, Cesar Chavez Foundation
  • Rajiv Bhatia, Director of Occupational and Environmental Health, San Francisco
  • Eveline Shen, MPH, Asian Community for Reproductive Justice