Dr. Richard Jackson
Richard J. Jackson has done extensive work in the impact of the environment on health, particularly relating to children. Dr. Jackson chaired the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Environmental Health. He worked to reduce pesticide threats in California, and has expertise in epidemiology, infectious diseases, toxicology and leadership. Over the past decade much of his work has focused on how the ‘built environment’ affects health. He has served on the Board of Directors of the American Institute of Architects and has written and spoken extensively in the above areas. He is an elected honorary member of the American Society of Landscape Architects. Currently, Dr. Jackson has been working on policy analyses of environmental impacts on health ranging from toxicology, chemical body burdens, terrorism, sustainability, climate change, urban design and architecture. He has received the highest honor of the American Public Health Association, the Sedgwick Memorial Medal. In 2011 he was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.

While in California he helped establish the California Birth Defects Monitoring Program and state and national laws to reduce risks from pesticides, especially to farm workers and to children. He served in the highest California Public Health position where he advanced the state’s disease preparedness efforts and public health effort to reverse the obesity epidemic. He was instrumental in the re-creation of the California Department of Public Health, separated from the insurance functions from the former Department of Health Services.

Dr. Jackson served 15 years at the CDC where he established the National Asthma Epidemiology and Control Program and advanced the childhood lead poisoning prevention program. He instituted the current federal effort to “biomonitor” chemical levels in the US population. He was the US lead under several US government efforts around health and environment in Russia, including radiation threats. In the late 1990s he was the CDC leader in establishing the US National Pharmaceutical Stockpile to prepare for terrorism and other disasters—which was activated on September 11, 2001.

In 2006 he received the Breast Cancer Fund’s Hero Award, as well as Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Public Health Law Association, and the New Partners for Smart Growth. Dick Jackson lectures and speaks on many issues, particularly those related to the built environment and health. At the UC Berkeley 2007 Commencement, the School of Public Health graduate students recognized him as the Distinguished Teacher and Mentor of the Year. He coauthored two Island Press Books: Urban Sprawl and Public Health in 2004 and Making Healthy Places published in August 2011. He hosts a 2012 public television special Designing Healthy Communities which links to a separate book by the same name published by J Wiley & Sons in October 2011.

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  • re: Bicycles and SMBV from Richard J Jackson MD MPH

    re: Bicycles and SMBV from Richard J Jackson MD MPH

    Dr. Richard Jackson of Designing Healthy Communities wrote a letter to the Mayor and city council of Beverly Hills regarding the importance of incorporating safe bicycle routes into the reconstruction of Santa Monica Boulevard to help promote and encourage safe cycling as a means of transportation for Angelenos.  Related Topics or Episodes:No Related Posts

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  • Designing Healthy Communities’ first Town Hall Meeting on April 30, 2013

    Designing Healthy Communities’ first Town Hall Meeting on April 30, 2013

    The Design­ing Healthy Com­mu­ni­ties Project pro­duced its first Town Hall Meet­ing at WNET Stu­dios on April 30, 2013 for broad­cast on three PBS tri-state sta­tions in May. MPC will be pro­duc­ing its first major com­mu­nity engage­ment activ­ity, a town hall meet­ing, derived from its four-hour public television series, Design­ing Healthy Com­mu­ni­ties, now being dis­trib­uted on sta­tions nationally. Read the DHC Press Release April 26, 2013 here. Also check out the broad­cast times here for Design­ing Healthy Com­mu­ni­ties and the 2-hour Town Hall Meet­ing in New York Tri-State Region in May. Related Topics […]

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  • Dr. Richard Jackson on Pittsburgh’s KDKA-TV

    This past Octo­ber Dr. Richard Jack­son vis­ited KDKA-TV in Pitts­burgh to spread the news about the impor­tance of improv­ing our nation’s health by re-designing and restor­ing our built envi­ron­ment. Check out the video here! Related Topics or Episodes:Designing Healthy Communities promotional videoEpisode 1: Retrofitting Suburbia Episode 2: Rebuilding Places of the HeartEpisode 3: Social Policy in ConcreteEpisode 4: Searching for Shangri LaDesigning Healthy Communities – Companion BookDesigning Healthy Communities Complete DVD Series

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  • Dr. Jackson receives Socially Responsible Medical Award from Physicians for Social Responsibility- Los Angeles

    September 21, 2012– Founded on the principle that we must “prevent what we cannot cure,” PSR-LA is committed to reducing threats to public health related to nuclear and environmental toxins. The Los Angeles chapter is the largest in the nation and has played a leading role in national, state, and local education and policy efforts. PSR-LA is needed now more than ever. As physicians and health care professionals, they address society’s root causes of illness and injury. Funds raised from […]

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  • Dr. Richard Jackson receives Heinz Award

    September 13, 2012– Dr. Richard Jack­son, a pedi­a­tri­cian and pub­lic health physi­cian, is a recip­i­ent of one of the five pres­ti­gious Heinz Awards. Estab­lished by Teresa Heinz in 1993 to honor the mem­ory of her late hus­band, U.S. Sen­a­tor John Heinz, the Awards cel­e­brate the accom­plish­ments and spirit of the Sen­a­tor by rec­og­niz­ing the extra­or­di­nary achieve­ments of indi­vid­u­als in the areas of great­est impor­tance to him. The Heinz Awards, admin­is­tered by the Heinz Fam­ily Foun­da­tion, rec­og­nize out­stand­ing indi­vid­u­als for their […]

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  • Dr. Jackson Recipient of Prestigious Heinz Award

    Dr. Jackson Recipient of Prestigious Heinz Award

      Announced today, Dr. Richard Jackson, a pediatrician and public health physician, is a recipient of one of the five prestigious Heinz Awards.         Related Topics or Episodes:No Related Posts

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  • Hear Dr. Jackson on National Geographic Weekend

    Hear Dr. Jackson on National Geographic Weekend

    Dr. Jackson recently appeared with host  Justin O’Neill on the nationally-broadcast National Geographic Weekend radio program to discuss Designing Healthy Communities. Hear the broadcast here. Related Topics or Episodes:No Related Posts

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  • Watch Dr. Jackson on Tavis Smiley

    Watch Dr. Jackson on Tavis Smiley

    Dr. Jackson appeared on PBS’ Tavis Smiley Show Jan. 31 to discuss his latest book, Designing Healthy Communities, and the PBS series of the same name. Watch this brief video for highlights of the broadcast. Watch Dr. Richard Jackson, UCLA School of Public Health on PBS. See more from Tavis Smiley. Related Topics or Episodes:No Related Posts

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  • Dr. Jackson speaks at the Annenberg Beach House

    Dr. Jackson speaks at the Annenberg Beach House

    Dr. Jackson gives a brief talk about the effects of the built environment on health at the Annenberg Beach House, Santa Monica, California. Related Topics or Episodes:No Related Posts

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  • Dr. Jackson on the cost of Diabetes

    Dr. Jackson on the cost of Diabetes

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  • Dr. Richard Jackson on the effects of Diesel

    Dr. Richard Jackson on the effects of Diesel

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  • Dr. Richard Jackson on Zoning Laws

    Dr. Richard Jackson on Zoning Laws

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