Community Outreach and Engagement:
Marilyn Howarth, MD, FACOEM
Dr. Marilyn Howarth’s career in Public Health began when she was an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer at the Centers of Disease Control in Atlanta. While an EIS officer she worked with communities and government agencies to investigate and tackle occupational and environmental problems. After leaving the CDC, Dr. Howarth worked with Cooper Hospital in Camden, NJ re-shaping their Occupational Health efforts by reaching out to employers to provide medical services to their workers. In 1995 she joined the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania as the Director of Consultation Services for the Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. In that role she published papers, taught courses, performed worksite evaluations and helped patients and communities with the effects of environmental exposures. Dr. Howarth has extensive experience evaluating and treating patients with exposure to heavy metals, solvents, mold, respiratory allergens and irritants, and musculoskeletal trauma. Dr. Howarth has participated with CDC’s Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, the National Institutes of Health and the Camden County Technical Advisory Board to work on topics as diverse as latex allergy, the health effects of air pollution, and lead and radiological contamination. She is a past president of the Pennsylvania Occupational and Environmental Medical Society and a former member of the Board of Directors of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. She is currently a member of the PHILAPOSH Technical Advisory Board, which helps unions with concerns about exposures on the job. She is a founding professor of the University of Pennsylvania’s Masters in Public Health Environmental and Occupational Health course and provides educational programs on Environmental Health topics to community and employee groups.
Richard Pepino, MS, MSS
E-mail: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Pepino is Coordinator of the Academically Based Community Service (ABCS) courses in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences. Mr. Pepino has Master’s degrees in Biology and Science Education, and is Director of the Public Policy Program at Franklin and Marshall College. Previously he spent 25 years with US EPA Region III, where he was Director of Strategic Planning, Chief of Environmental Impact Analysis, and Associate Director of the Office of Watersheds. His interests include public policy related to environmental health and alternative teaching methods in urban public education.
Edward Emmett, MD, MS
Phone: 215-349-5708, Fax: 215-662-4430
Dr. Emmett was the founding Deputy Director of the Center (CEET). He is a physician who completed residency training in Internal Medicine in Sydney, Australia and in Occupational Medicine at the University of Cincinnati. He has an MS in Environmental Health from the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Emmett joined the University of Pennsylvania in 1999 and is Professor and Director of Academic Programs in Occupational Medicine at the School of Medicine, Senior Fellow in the Center for Public Health Initiatives, and Research Fellow in the Risk and Decision Processes Center at the Wharton School. He has broad expertise in the effects of the environment on human health, and experience working with academia, government, professional bodies and communities. From 1978 to 1988, he was Professor and Founding Director of the Divisions of Occupational Medicine in the Schools of Hygiene and Public Health and of Medicine, and of the Center for Occupational and Environmental Health at Johns Hopkins University. He directed the Environmental Medicine Core at the Johns Hopkins NIEHS Center of Excellence in Environmental Health at that time. From 1988 to 1996 he was Chief Executive of the Australian National Occupational Health and Safety Commission, a body whose functions overlap with those of OSHA, NIOSH, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and EPA in the United States, and Director of the Australian National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety. Dr. Emmett’s research has addressed occupational and environmental skin diseases, ultraviolet radiation effects on skin and eyes, the effects on humans of polyaromatic hydrocarbons, PCBs, organometals, various monomers used in plastics and resins, and other pollutants. In recent years Dr. Emmett has developed a particular interest in risk communication and in community environmental health. Since 2001 he has been working with the United Auto Workers Union (UAW), General Motors Corporation, and Delphi Corporation as their “Risk Communicator” to better translate research results into preventive actions by management and employees. Through his studies of perfluorooctanoate exposure in Southeast Ohio, funded by an Environmental Justice grant from the NIEHS, he has developed the nationally recognized ‘Community-First Method’ of communicating research findings. In addition, he has created a unique academic community-based residency program to train physicians to specialize in Occupational and Environmental Medicine.
Our Mailing Address is:
Community Outreach and Engagement Core
Center of Excellence in Environmental Toxicology
University of Pennsylvania
1313 Biological Research Building 2
421 Curie Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19104