Associate Professor Rachel Morello-Frosch has received the Damu Smith Environmental Achievement Award from the Environment Section of the American Public Health Association (APHA). The award recognizes crosscutting collaborative work that has enhanced or increased understanding of economic security, ecological conservation, culture, or health. Morello-Frosch was chosen for her scientific contributions to the field of environmental health and her work in community-engaged research related to environmental justice. She received the award on November 8 at APHA's annual meeting in Denver.
Morello-Frosch's research examines race and class determinants of environmental health among diverse communities in the United States. A focus of her work is the relationship between segregation and environmental health inequalities associated with air pollution, children's environmental health, and the intersection between economic restructuring and community environmental health. Currently, she collaborates with colleagues and environmental justice organizations to research and address climate justice issues, including the social equity implications of proposed greenhouse gas reduction strategies in California associated with the AB32 Scoping Plan; and disparities in community capacity to adapt to environmental impacts of climate change. Her work is funded by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the California Environmental Protection Agency.