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The Johns Hopkins Northeast Regional Academic Environmental Public Health Center


The Principal Investigator and Center Director, Dr. Thomas Burke, is an epidemiologist.  He is Co-Director of the Johns Hopkins Risk Sciences and Public Policy Institute. Prior to joining the Hopkins faculty he was Deputy Commissioner of Health for the State of New Jersey overseeing all environmental health, epidemiology, and disease control programs. He also served as Director of Science and Research for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection where he headed a number of major investigations and worked to establish the Community Right to Know program. He has been Principal Investigator on a number of initiatives aimed at improving the practice of environmental health, including the Pew Environmental Health Commission. He has received the School’s Golden Apple Award three times for excellence in teaching in public health practice and environmental health risk assessment.

Beth Resnick, MPH, serves as the Center Associate Director. Prior to joining the Hopkins faculty she directed environmental health activities at the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO).  NACCHO provides education, information, research, and technical assistance to the nation’s 3,000 local health departments and facilitates partnerships among local, state, and federal agencies to promote and strengthen public health. 

Joanna Zablotsky, MPH serves as the Center Program Manager and helps to oversee the day-to-day activities of the Center.

The Center works closely with several Masters and PhD-level students at the Bloomberg School of Public Health such as Keeve Nachman and Robin Streeter, both PhD candidates.

The Center will also draw upon consultant Hopkins faculty from the Mid-Atlantic Public Health Training Center, Risk Sciences and Public Policy Institute, CDC Center for Law and the Public’s Health, NIEHS Center in Urban Environmental Health, Center for a Livable Future, and Center for Civilian Biodefense Strategies.  In addition, support is provided for the active involvement of practitioners in the teaching, research, and response activities of the center, namely practitioners from the Maryland Association of County Health Officers and the Conference of Local Environmental Health Directors.

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