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The Intersection of Environmental Justice and Reproductive Epidemiology: Using Solution-Oriented Epidemiologic Methods to Improve Health Equity
May 4th, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Department of Epidemiology Seminar Series
Open to the public
Tamarra James-Todd, PhD
Mark and Catherine Winkler Associate Professor of Environmental Reproductive Epidemiology, Department of Environmental Health
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Abstract: In this talk, Dr. James-Todd will present epidemiologic studies evaluating the evidence for disparities in both environmental chemical exposures and women’s reproductive health outcomes. She will provide an environmental justice framework and strategies for employing epidemiologic tools to address issues of environmental and reproductive health disparities. Examples will include personal care products, phthalates, gestational diabetes, and acculturation measures. She will also highlight the importance of using mediation analysis and other types of analytic methods to address health disparities questions. In addition, she will pose the importance of asking solution-oriented research questions to improve health equity.
Bio: Dr. Tamarra James-Todd is an environmental reproductive epidemiologist researching the role of environmental chemicals on women’s cardiometabolic health across the reproductive lifecourse. She directs the Environmental Reproductive Justice (ERJ) Lab, which seeks to investigate and improve adverse environmental exposure and reproductive health disparities. Her work particularly focuses on the importance of pregnancy as a sensitive window of environmental chemical exposures. Dr. James-Todd is the Principal Investigator of two NIEHS funded R01 grants, focusing on endocrine disrupting chemicals and adverse maternal health outcomes during pregnancy, postpartum and mid-life in the ERGO study and Project Viva. Dr. James-Todd serves as the Principal Investigator for the Community Engagement Core of the Metals and Metal Mixtures: Cognitive Aging, Remediation, and Exposure Sources (MEMCARE) P42 Superfund Research Center. In addition, she is running interventions to improve environmental health literacy both in the lay community, as well as among health care professionals. Dr. James-Todd is also the Director of the Organics Core for the Harvard Chan NIEHS Center, where she launched the Environmental Justice Bootcamp in collaboration with two other NIEHS-funded P30 Centers. She has had the honor of serving on the EPA’s Scientific Advisory Board for the Chemical Assessment Advisory Committee, as well as two National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s committees and the March of Dimes Environmental Justice Working Group.