Jordan Downs is a public housing community located in Watts, Los Angeles, currently undergoing a $1 billion redevelopment and remediation. It is also an environmental justice community that faces multiple environmental and socio-economic burdens, ranging from contaminated soil and water, to unaffordable housing and the threat of displacement. Physicians for Social Responsibility-LA is part of the Jordan Downs Environmental Justice Coalition - a group comprised of Jordan Downs residents and community based advocates fighting to ensure that Jordan Downs and the broader Watts community is free from environmental toxins and redeveloped to benefit the current residents. This seminar will explore how bringing together community residents, advocates and health professionals is a successful model for transforming community health and advancing environmental justice.
Speaker Biography - Monika T. Shankar
Monika T. Shankar
Director of Health & Environment Programs, Physicians for Social Responsibility, Los Angeles
Monika Shankar joined PSR-LA in March 2013, bringing with her more than 10 years of professional programmatic and research experiences. As the Director of Health & Environment Programs, she oversees PSR-LA’s Climate, Air, Toxics and Land Use programs. She’s sits on the steering committee for the Jordan Downs Environmental Justice Coalition and ClimatePlan, and holds a Masters degree in international urban development from the Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy (The New School), New York.
Seminars are FREE and open to the public. If you can not attend, Videotapes of Public Health seminars are archived through the UC Irvine OpenCourseWare program - please visit OpenCourseWare: http://ocw.uci.edu.