Women for a Healthy Environment (WHE) seeks a temporary (12 week) summer Environmental Health Fellow to join an organization dedicated to educating and empowering community members to act as ambassadors about environmental risks. Through applied research, educational programming, technical assistance and advocacy, WHE addresses environmental exposures that impact public health. Its main program areas are Healthy Homes, Healthy Schools, Healthy Early Learning and Healthy Communities. The organization advocates for policy solutions that aim to better protect public health and reduce the risk of exposure to environmental toxins.
WHE is also a lead partner in the recently-launched Southwestern Pennsylvania Cancer and Environment Network; the Fellow’s work will contribute to priorities shared by WHE and the Network. (To learn more about the Network, click here.) The Fellow will focus on a particular area of interest to them and the WHE staff, with an emphasis on a topic related to cancer and the environment (e.g. PFAS, air and water pollution, pesticides, chemicals in consumer products, childhood cancer).
This fellowship is sponsored by the Heinz Endowments and the Community Foundation of the Alleghenies. It will include participation in a cohort of fellows placed in four Southwestern Pennsylvania non-profit organizations, including WHE, who will be working at the intersection of health and environment. The successful candidate will be a socially conscious, enthusiast of the non-profit world, with demonstrated knowledge of environmental health issues and interest in applying research and organizing skills to community or policy-level change.