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GW: Partnership Blog Series Amplifies Perspective of Future Public Health Leaders

The George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health (Milken Institute SPH) has partnered with “Environmental Health News” on an innovative blog series that will feature the ideas and perspectives of the next generation of environmental leaders who come from historically under-represented backgrounds in science and academia.

Agents of Change: Amplifying Neglected Voices in Environmental Health” is the brain child of Dr. Ami Zota, an associate professor of environmental and occupational health at Milken Institute SPH.

With funding from the Marisla Foundation, Dr. Zota and Mr. Brian Bienkowski, senior editor at EHN, have worked with eight public health graduate students or young scientists from across the country on compelling blogs that explore the intersection of research, health, sustainability, diversity and environmental justice.

“This series will help the public realize that the face of science is changing and that the quest for innovative ideas and solutions will only benefit from increased diversity,” Dr. Zota said in a blog she wrote to introduce the series.

Dr. Zota hopes that the blog series will help give a diverse set of new public health scientists the confidence and training to write about solutions for some of the world’s most pressing public health problems.

“Business as usual will not solve climate injustice or the pervasive plastic pollution in our oceans,” she writes in the post launching the series. “We need to empower the next generation of environmental health and justice leaders to speak up, share their bold ideas, and to act quickly and decisively so we can develop effective solutions to protect our ecosystems and humanity.”

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