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Biography

Paul English Is the Director of Tracking California for the Public Health Institute and is Senior Branch Science Advisor for the Environmental Health Investigations Branch at the California Department of Public Health. Tracking California works to make environmental health data and information publicly-available through the development of a web-based data query system, state-of-the-art data displays, and innovative web tools and services (trackingcalifornia.org), Tracking CA worked with local partners to develop the largest community-based air monitoring network in the country which was the model for novel legislation which has enabled similar statewide monitoring. Tracking CA’s seminal report, “Agricultural Pesticide Use Near Public Schools in California” was a direct influence on the development of new regulations which protect schoolchildren from pesticide exposure.

English’s articles and publications include: “From Crowdsourcing to Extreme Citizen Science: Participatory Research for Environmental Health"; “Associations between Ozone and Fine Particulate Matter and Respiratory Illness Found to Vary between Children and Adults: Implications for U.S. Air Quality Policy” and “Components of Population Vulnerability and Their Relationship With Climate-Sensitive Health Threats.” He has served as an advisor to the World Health Organization in developing climate-sensitive health indicators and was an invited expert for the Indian Institute of Public Health training South Asian nations on developing heat alert action plans. Dr. English received his Master’s in Public Health and Doctorate in Epidemiology at the University of California, Berkeley and was recognized as one of 75 Most Influential Alumni by the University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health.

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