Drexel University

School of Public Health






FRIDAY, APRIL 14, 2006

9:00 AM


“The Environment’s Shape Shapes Us.  We Can Improve Public Health with Smarter Buildings And Towns”


Richard J. Jackson, M.D., M.P.H.


Former Director of the National Center for Environmental Health
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention



Dr. Jackson is currently Professor of Environmental Health at the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health. He has served in many leadership positions with the California Health Department, including as the State Health Officer answering to Governor Schwarzenegger. For nine years he was director of the Center of Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Environmental Health in Atlanta.

            In the Federal Government at CDC, he worked for the addition of folic acid to food to prevent birth defects, established the national asthma epidemiology and control programs, and oversaw the childhood lead poisoning prevention programs. 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, one of which led to the addition of iodine to salt there and the prevention of many cases of retardation. 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. 

Dr. Jackson is co-author of the book Urban Sprawl and Public Health, a 2004 book from Island Press. He has served on many medical and health boards, and in September 2005 he was selected to serve on the Board of Directors of the national American Institute of Architects AIA). His strongest public health interest is in developing the next generation of leaders in Public Health. He is married to Joan Guilford, a health professional at Kaiser Permanente, and they are rightly proud of their three sons, Brendan, Devin and Galen Jackson.



This presentation will take place in the 2nd Floor Presentation Room

Bellet Building, 1505 Race Street

Be sure to join us for breakfast at 8:30am


For more information please call Barbara Heath at 215/ 762-6120