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

Work Titles
UCLA Professor Emeritus, Environmental Health Sciences Professor Emeritus, Institute of the Environment & Sustainability Professor Emeritus, Pediatrics Professor Emeritus, Urban Planning
M.D., University of California, San Francisco, 1973
M.P.H., University of California, Berkeley, 1979
American Academy of Pediatrics, FAAP
Academic Experience:
University of California, San Francisco, Pediatrics
Academic Experience:
1985 American Board of Preventive Medicine, Preventive Medicine

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2617 Le Conte Ave
Berkeley, CA 94709

Detailed Biography:

Richard Joseph Jackson is Professor Emeritus at the Fielding School of Public Health at the University of California, Los Angeles. A pediatrician, he has served in many leadership positions with the California Health Department, including the highest as the State Health Officer.

For nine years he was Director of the CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health and received the Presidential Distinguished Service award. In October, 2011 he was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.

Jackson was instrumental in establishing the California Birth Defects Monitoring Program and in the creation of state and national laws to reduce risks from pesticides, especially to farm workers and to children. While at CDC he established major environmental public health programs and instituted the federal effort to “biomonitor” chemical levels in the US population. He has received its Hero Award from the Breast Cancer Fund, Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Public Health Law Association and the New Partners for Smart Growth, the John Heinz Award for national leadership in the Environment, and the Sedgwick Medal, the highest award of the American Public Health Association. In 2015 he received the Henry Hope Reed Award for his contributions to the field of Architecture.

Dick Jackson lectures and speaks on many issues, particularly those related to built environment and health. He has co-authored the books: Urban Sprawl and Public Health, Making Healthy Places, and Designing Healthy Communities for which he hosted a four hour PBS series. He has served on many environmental and health boards, as well as the Board of Directors of the American Institute of Architects. He is an elected honorary member of the American Society of Landscape Architects as well as the American Institute of Architects.


A selected list of publications:

Jackson, Richard J   Designing Healthy Communities-4 part series PBS Broadcast Listings: , ; .
Jackson, Richard J   America's Health Threat: Poor Urban Design Article in Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012; .
Jackson, Richard J   Designing Healthy Communities: NewPublicHealth Q&A with Richard Jackson Jan 27, 2012 , 2012; .
Rahman T,Cushing RA, Jackson RJ   Contributions of built environment to childhood obesity The Mount Sinai journal of medicine, New York, 2011; 78(1): 49-57.
Jackson, Richard J   Creating Healthy Spaces talk on September 27, 2011 , 2011; .
Richard J Jackson MD MPH with Stacy Sinclair   Designing Healthy Communities, , 2011; Companion Book to Public Broadcast series(ISBN 978-1-118-03366-1): 230 pages.
Jackson RJ, Malloy TF   Environmental public health law: three pillars The Journal of law, medicine & ethics : a journal of the American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics, 2011; 39 Suppl 1: 34-6.
Andrew Dannenberg, Howard Frumkin, and Richard J. Jackson   Making Healthy Places: A Built Environment for Health, Well Being and Sustainability Making Healthy Places: A Built Environment for Health, Well Being and Sustainability , 2011; ISBN-13:978-1-59726-726-7(Book): 417 pages.
Botchwey ND, Hobson SE, Dannenberg AL, Mumford KG, Contant CK, McMillan TE, Jackson RJ, Lopez R, Winkle C   A model curriculum for a course on the built environment and public health: training for an interdisciplinary workforce American journal of preventive medicine, 2009; 36(2 Suppl): S63-71.
Jackson Richard J, Minjares Ray, Naumoff Kyra S, Shrimali Bina Patel, Martin Lisa K   Agriculture Policy Is Health Policy Journal of hunger & environmental nutrition, 2009; 4(3-4): 393-408.
Jackson RJ, Tester J   Environment shapes health, including children's mental health Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 2008; 47(2): 129-31.
Jackson Richard J   Environment meets health, again Science (New York, N.Y.), 2007; 315(5817): 1337.
Jackson RJ   Commentary on active living research American journal of preventive medicine, 2005; 28(2 Suppl 2): 218-9.
Dannenberg AL, Jackson RJ, Frumkin H, Schieber RA, Pratt M, Kochtitzky C, Tilson HH   The impact of community design and land-use choices on public health: a scientific research agenda American journal of public health, 2003; 93(9): 1500-8.
Jackson RJ   The impact of the built environment on health: an emerging field American journal of public health, 2003; 93(9): 1382-4.
Jackson RJ, DeLozier DM, Gerasimov G, Borisova O, Garbe PL, Goultchenko L, Shakarishvili G, Hollowell JG, Miller DT   Chernobyl and iodine deficiency in the Russian Federation: an environmental disaster leading to a public health opportunity Journal of public health policy, 2002; 23(4): 453-70.
Grosse SD, Matte TD, Schwartz J, Jackson RJ   Economic gains resulting from the reduction in children's exposure to lead in the United States Environmental health perspectives, 2002; 110(6): 563-9.
Cummins SK, Jackson RJ   The built environment and children's health Pediatric clinics of North America, 2001; 48(5): 1241-52, x.

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