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Eric Roberts, MD, PhD

Eric M. Roberts, MD, PhD, is a senior researcher with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-funded initiative to develop the Environmental Public Health Tracking Network in California, in cooperation with the Environmental Health Investigations Branch of the California Department of Health Services.

This project allows Roberts to use his expertise in biostatistics and clinical medicine to collaborate with colleagues in epidemiology, community health education, and geographic information systems to further develop California's health surveillance infrastructure. Other projects developing out of this work include research into associations between residential proximity to pesticides and autism as well as community resources for advocacy related to breast cancer.

Roberts' research interests include race and class disparities in health and illness; environmental determinants of child health; and community health interventions.

Roberts received his medical degree and his doctorate in social work from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, where he primarily conducted research on health disparities in Chicago neighborhoods. He completed his residency training in pediatrics at Tufts University/New England Medical Center in Boston, and postdoctoral training at the University of California, San Francisco, in health services research and general pediatrics.

California Breast Cancer Mapping Project

The California Breast Cancer Mapping Project analyzed breast cancer rates by census tract, as opposed to traditional county-level surveillance, and pinpointed four previously unidentified areas of California with rates substantially higher than the state average.

Cancer Mapping: Making Spatial Models Work for Communities

The present project focuses on the mapping of geographic patterns of invasive breast cancer, with applicability to other cancers. The goals of the project are both to develop the technical implementation of such mapping, and to provide knowledge to guide utilization of cancer maps in the future for both governmental agencies and community advocates.

National Environmental Public Health Tracking Program-Network Implementation: California

The goals of this project are to: 1) maintain, enhance and expand the California Environmental Health Public Health Tracking (EPHT) Network; 2) maintain and enhance standards-compliant network information technology infrastructure; 3) increase the utility of tracking data and information; and 4) increase stakeholder capacity to access, understand and utilize EPHT data and information to carry out public health functions.

Environmental Health Tracking Improves Pesticide Use Data to Enable Research and Inform Public Health Actions in California (2017)

California is the largest agricultural producer in the United States, and, as such, high volumes of pesticides are used throughout the state. Pesti...

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Electronic Health Records as a Resource for Public Health Surveillance (2016)

Case Study of Glycohemoglobin Testing & Diabetes Surveillance Electronic health records (EHR) are the digital version of a patient's pa...

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Pesticide Use Near California Schoolchildren (2014)

California agriculture produces nearly half of all fruits and vegetables grown in the Unites States. These foods are essential components of a heal...

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