In California his work led to the establishment of the California Birth Defects Monitoring Program and state and national laws. These helped reduce risk from dangerous pesticides, especially for farm workers and children. He served in the highest California Public Health position where he advanced the state's disease preparedness efforts and public health effort to reverse the obesity epidemic. He was instrumental in the re-creation of the California Department of Public Health, separated from the insurance functions from the former Department of Health Services.

He served 15 years at the CDC where he established the National Asthma Epidemiology and Control Program and advanced the childhood lead poisoning prevention program. He instituted the current federal effort to “biomonitor” chemical levels in the US population. He was the US lead under several US government efforts around health and environment in Russia, including radiation threats. In the late 1990s he was the CDC leader in establishing the US National Pharmaceutical Stockpile to prepare for terrorism and other disasters—which was activated on September 11, 2001.

In 2006 he received the Breast Cancer Fund’s Hero Award and at the UC Berkeley 2007 Commencement, the School of Public Health graduate students recognized him as the Distinguished Teacher and Mentor of the Year. Dr. Jackson co-authored Urban Sprawl and Public Health, a 2004 book from Island Press. He has also served on many environmental and health committees. He was the 2005 UCLA SPH commencement speaker.

Richard Jackson, M.D.
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Our country faces grave challenges in environment, economy and health. The banquet is over. We must search for solutions and start from the bottom up. We must create buildings and communities that use less resources and fossil fuels but can still offer a rich engaging life, meaningful work, local healthy food, and plenty of “incidental” physical activity.

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