Ellison Carter receives fellowship to develop solutions that reduce environmental health disparities for vulnerable communities

Leveraging collaboration to develop solutions to environmental health issues, the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, with support from the JPB Foundation, launched the Environmental Health Fellows Program in 2014. The program has selected a new cohort of Fellows, including Colorado State University’s own Ellison Carter, assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Ellison Carter
Ellison Carter

Through her research in Beijing, China, Carter has been working to better understand exposure and health impacts of household energy use and transitions. Earlier this year she received the Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award from Oak Ridge Associated Universities and the Burroughs Wellcome Collaborative Research Travel Grant in recognition of and to build upon this research.

Through workshops and interactions with other Harvard Environmental Health Fellows, Carter hopes to address housing instability and energy insecurity issues closer to home. The collaborations established through this opportunity should yield new perspectives on environmental health challenges.

“I am keen to expand my research beyond air quality engineering and exposure science to consider housing systems more holistically, in their social and behavioral contexts,” said Carter. “Opportunities like the JPB Environmental Health Fellowship create critical pathways to support and accelerate this process.”

Carter joins 14 other Faculty and Agency Fellows “working across disciplines on research designed to address environmental health disparities that disproportionately impact vulnerable communities.”