Dr. Diana Hernández, assistant professor of sociomedical sciences,was selected as a JPG Environmental Health Fellow from the Harvard University School of Public Health. The fellowship program was established to promote a new generation of environmental health scholars who are committed to using comprehensive approaches to address health disparities in disadvantaged communities. Dr. Hernandez, one of nine professors in the inaugural cohort of fellows, was selected for her accomplishments and commitment to underserved populations.
[Photo: Dr. Diana Hernández]
A sociologist by training, her scholarly interests include the social and environmental determinants of health and the impact of policy and structural interventions on health and socioeconomic well-being of vulnerable populations. Her research examines the intersections between the built environment (housing and neighborhoods), poverty and health with a particular emphasis on energy insecurity. Recent studies include qualitative and mixed method projects examining interventions in low-income housing such as energy efficiency upgrades, cleaner burning fuel source conversions, capital improvements in public housing, improvements in park infrastructure and access to parks to promote health and post-Sandy resilience among public housing residents in NYC.
The fellows will train with recognized scientific leaders, and receive funding up to $350,000 over the course of the fellowship that begins October 1 and runs through December 2017.