Rachel Morello-Frosch, co-director of the Doctor of Public Health program at UC Berkeley and associate professor jointly appointed in the College of Natural Resources and School of Public Health, was honored with the 2012 Chancellor’s Award for Public Service. The award is one of the four highest honors bestowed by the campus.
At the awards ceremony on April 30, 2012, the Chancellor and Mary Catherine Birgeneau recognized students, staff, faculty and community partnerships that embody UC Berkeley’s tradition of public service and commitment to improving the local and global community.
Morello-Frosch’s work focuses on environmental health and environmental justice. She investigates the double jeopardy of environmental and social stressors faced by communities of color and the poor. Individuals in these communities experience high exposures to environmental hazards. At the same time, they are more vulnerable to the toxic effects of pollution due to poverty, malnutrition, discrimination, and underlying health conditions. She also evaluates the influence of community participation on environmental health research, science, regulation and policy-making.
“I’m humbled to receive this award,” said Morello-Frosch. “For me, it acknowledges the critical importance of community-engaged research to improve the environmental health of socially marginalized populations.”
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