frumkinWelcome & Meeting Overview: 
What is Planetary Health and Why Now?

Saturday, April 29th

Howard Frumkin is Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, at the University of Washington School of Public Health, where he served as Dean until 2016. He is currently on sabbatical as a visiting research fellow at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He is an internist, environmental and occupational medicine specialist, and epidemiologist. Previously he directed the National Center for Environmental Health and Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (NCEH/ATSDR) at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2005-10) and was Professor and Chair of Environmental and Occupational Health at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health and Professor of Medicine at Emory Medical School (1990-2005).

Dr. Frumkin’s research interests include public health aspects of the built environment, climate change, energy policy, and nature contact. He serves on the steering committee of the Planetary Health Alliance. A strong proponent of academic engagement with communities, his current and recent board service includes the Washington Global Health Alliance, the Bullitt Foundation, the Children and Nature Network, the Seattle Parks Foundation, and the U.S. Green Building Council. He is the author or co-author of over 200 scientific journal articles and chapters, and his books include Urban Sprawl and Public Health (2004), Emerging Illness and Society (2004), Safe and Healthy School Environments (2006), Green Healthcare Institutions: Health, Environment, Economics (2007), Making Healthy Places: Designing and Building for Health, Well-Being, and Sustainability (2011) and Environmental Health: From Global to Local (Third Edition, 2016).

Dr. Frumkin was educated at Brown (A.B.), Penn (M.D.), and Harvard (M.P.H. and Dr.P.H.). He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Collegium Ramazzini and the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. He is an avid cyclist, paddler, and hiker. He is married to radiojournalist Joanne Silberner, and has two children: Gabe, an environmental campaign worker, and Amara, a medical student.

“The Anthropocene is bringing complex, thorny health challenges on a global scale. More than ever we need rigorous science, underpinned by systems thinking, transdisciplinarity, robust collaborations, creativity, and courage. These are all features of the emerging field of Planetary Health, and all will be in plentiful supply at this watershed meeting.”

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