Member since 2010. George Washington University, Washington, DC.
Dr. Susan Anenberg is an Associate Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health and of Global Health at the George Washington University (GWU) Milken Institute School of Public Health. She conducts cutting edge research in GeoHealth, specifically related to the health implications of climate change and air quality. She uses a variety of methods and data sources, including satellite remote sensing, chemical transport modeling, epidemiology, and economic analysis. She is an editor of the AGU journal GeoHealth. She also directs a Masters in Public Health program in Global Environmental Health at GWU.
Question posed to candidates: As one of the elected leaders of your section, how will you partner with your president and president-elect to communicate with and engage your members as a way to promote science and advance AGU’s mission and vision?
Response: By linking the geoscience and public health communities, GeoHealth has the potential to unlock innovative, transdisciplinary partnerships that can change the world. Strong enthusiasm for this new AGU section is evidence of pent up demand for building collaborations to integrate geosciences with public health. I’m excited to work with the GeoHealth leadership and members to grow the section, forge new connections across disciplines, and translate GeoHealth research into action that improves global public health.
Taking GeoHealth to the next level will require strengthening communication and broadening engagement within the section, across AGU, and with external disciplinary communities. An important opportunity is to connect more closely with schools of public health by organizing sessions and side events at conferences of other organizations (e.g. International Society of Environmental Epidemiology, American Public Health Association). Expanding information dissemination through newsletters, AGU communications platforms, social media, the GeoHealth journal, and related external organizations can engage more people. Involving early career scientists is particularly valuable.
With the building blocks in place thanks to hard work of the section’s founding leaders, GeoHealth is positioned well to serve as a convening hub, bringing diverse groups of people together to solve some of the world’s most pressing health challenges.