Monthly Archives: September 2019
- Book Review
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- Conference Highlight
- Funding Opportunities
- Member of the Month
- New Publication
- Research Highlight
- Round-Up Summary
Climate change is a looming health crisis. Is climate change coursework part public and population health education?
Trevor Peckham is a doctoral student in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences at the University of Washington. He joined IAPHS in 2017. Check out Trevor’s recent journal article in the Russell Sage Foundation’s special issue entitled Changing Job Quality: The Rise of Low-Wage Jobs and Nonstandard Work Arrangements.
Tell us a little about yourself, where are you from, where did you go to graduate school, what makes you jump out of bed each morning?
I grew up in Ventura, a beach town in Southern California, before attending UCLA for undergrad. After undergrad, I spent 5 years working in Los Angeles doing litigation consulting in the area of environmental and occupational toxicology (think Erin Brockovich). I’ve now been at the University of Washington for 7 years, first as a student, then as a research scientist, and now as a student again. Getting out of bed is easy: I love what I do, and there’s so much work to be done!
How do you define yourself as a population health professional?
I like to think of myself as combining the principles of environmental & occupational health and social epidemiology to address important questions at the intersection of work and health, in particular the role of employment relations in producing health and health disparities at the population-level. I’m motivated by the notion that the nature and organization of work is always changing due to social, economic, political and technological trends. These trends have widespread implications for the labor market experiences of millions of workers, and, given the myriad, complex connections between work and health, I think this topic demands attention from population health scientists from a variety of disciplines.