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Center for Occupational and Environmental Health & Environmental Health Sciences 411 Seminar: "Achieving Environmental Justice for California"

Center for Occupational and Environmental Health & Environmental Health Sciences 411 Seminar: "Achieving Environmental Justice for California"

Date 
Thursday, November 5, 2020 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
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Location 
Virtual via Zoom
Featuring 
Yana Garcia, JD, Deputy Secretary for Environmental Justice, Tribal Affairs and Border Relations, Office of the Secretary, CA Environmental Protection Agency
Vanessa Galavíz, PhD, MPH, Public Health Doctor, Environmental Justice Program, Office of the Secretary, CA Environmental Protection Agency
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Lecture description:

While the State of California has demonstrated aggressive leadership towards environmental justice, at-risk populations – such as low-income communities, communities of color, immigrant and migrant workers, and tribal communities - remain largely vulnerable to public health impacts from pollution. Making progress in addressing the intersectionality of health, environment, and justice requires the effective use of science, policy, community engagement, and cooperative efforts. This lecture will cover how CalEPA uses multidimensional approaches to ensure lasting and meaningful changes for at-risk populations.

 
Yana Garcia

About the speakers:
Yana Garcia was appointed by Governor Gavin Newsom in August 2019 to serve as Deputy Secretary for Environmental Justice, Tribal Affairs and Border Relations at the California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA). Prior to her most recent appointment, she served two years at CalEPA as Assistant Secretary for Environmental Justice and Tribal Affairs. Before joining CalEPA, Yana was an associate attorney at Earthjustice, in the California regional office, in San Francisco. Yana was also a staff attorney at Communities for a Better Environment, serving in Huntington Park and Oakland. Her legal practice areas have focused on environmental justice issues, civil rights, land use, toxics and chemical disclosure, oil and gas extraction, and crude transport. Between 2011 and 2012, Yana served as a legal research attorney at the San Francisco Superior Court’s Civil Division, Office of the Presiding Judge.
 
Vanessa Galavíz

Dr. Galavíz’s work focuses on public health issues related to environmental disparities in socioeconomically disadvantaged communities. She is Mexican-American and experienced first-hand the struggles of living in an underserved community in Los Angeles, and was first in her family to attend college and graduate school. Dr. Galavíz has experience in multiple aspects of the public health field, including, determinants of health, biomarkers of exposure and susceptibility, cumulative impacts, industrial hygiene, exposure assessment, participatory research, community science, and science-policy work.

 

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