Tracey Woodruff

Tracey Woodruff


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Event Description

Title: Environmental Chemical Drivers of Health Inequities and Chronic Disease.

People are exposed to a wide array of toxic industrial chemicals coming from a wide range of uses - from personal care products to plastics to air, water, and food pollution. Chemical exposures and risks are not distributed evenly, with poor communities of color having higher exposure to many environmental chemicals and those at developmental stages being at higher risk. Chemical exposures are linked to the increasing incidence of multiple childhood and adult diseases, including asthma, neurodevelopmental disorders, cancer, and metabolic disorders like diabetes and obesity. The relationship between toxic chemicals and health is complex and heightened by other environmental and socioeconomic factors, such as cumulative exposure to chemicals, poverty, diet, and stress. This talk will review exposures to environmental chemicals and their contributions to health inequities.


About the Speaker: Tracey Woodruff, University of California, San Francisco

Dr. Tracey Woodruff is the Alison S. Carlson Endowed Professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences at UCSF and the Director of the Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment. She is a recognized expert on environmental pollution exposures and impacts on health, with a focus on pregnancy, infancy, and childhood, and her innovations in translating and communicating scientific findings for clinical and policy audiences. She was previously a senior scientist and policy advisor for the U.S. EPA’s Office of Policy. For more information on Tracey’s work, visit, or follow on Twitter @UCSF_PRHE and @TraceyJWoodruff.

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