Christine Zachek is the Program Coordinator for the UCSF PEHSU. Prior to joining the PEHSU, Christine worked as a Presidential Management Fellow with the U.S. EPA’s Office of Children’s Health Protection where she worked to incorporate children’s unique vulnerabilities to environmental hazards in science policy decisions. Christine graduated from Boston University School of Public Health with her M.P.H. in Environmental Health, and earned her undergraduate degree from Georgetown University. She is currently completing Pre-Medical coursework at the University of California Berkeley Extension.
Christine is working with Dr. Miller on a survey project to assess the attitudes of pediatric specialists towards incorporating environmental health evidence into their clinical practice. She and Dr. Miller also recently co-authored a paper on the PEHSU model for publication in an international environmental medicine journal. In addition, Christine has been working closely with an NGO in Honduras to bring pesticide safety education and protective equipment to rural farming communities. She also volunteers at UCSF’s Weight Assessment for Teen and Child Health (WATCH) clinic, where she works with families to combat childhood obesity and set goals for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. What drew Christine to the field of public health is its focus on human rights and social justice, and she looks forward to a career integrating preventive and holistic perspectives into health care.