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Dr. MacDonald Gibson is now Professor and Chair, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, School of Public Health, Indiana University, Bloomington.

She also is Adjunct Professor, Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

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MacDonald Gibson Research Group

News stories of health risks from toxic waste spills, polluted water supplies, hazy air, contaminated foods, and other environmental problems abound. Sorting through the headlines to figure out what environmental risks really might be important to your health or your community’s health and figuring out how to decrease those risks can seem an insurmountable task. My research seeks to illuminate what individuals, communities, and policymakers can do to make the biggest and most lasting improvements in public health by improving the quality of our environment.

My students and I parse complicated environmental problems into manageable elements that can be modeled mathematically and re-integrated to inform environmental and public health policy decisions. We examine environmental risks to health at the scale of communities, building models that integrate knowledge of how pollutants are distributed through communities, how people become exposed to pollutants and other environmental risks factors, and how these exposures, in turn, increase risks of illness or premature death. Our main tools are drawn from applied mathematics and statistics, but we also conduct field research. My students have collected and analyzed water and air samples, administered surveys, and conducted focus group interviews, in order to develop the knowledge needed to understand environmental risks to public health and advance policies to reduce those risks. Given an important environmental policy question, we find the tools needed to analyze potential solutions.

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Example Publications

Drinking Water Access and Quality

    • Exposure to contaminated drinking water and health disparities in North Carolina.American Journal of Public Health 107(1):180-185. DOI: 10.2105/AJPH.2016.303482.Frank Stillo and Jacqueline MacDonald Gibson.Link
    • Reducing emergency department visits for acute gastrointestinal illnesses in North Carolina (USA) by extending community water service.Environmental Health Perspectives 54(10):1583-1591 DOI: 10.1289/EHP160.Nicholas B. DeFelice, Jill E. Johnston, and Jacqueline MacDonald Gibson.Link
    • Racial disparities in access to community water supply service in Wake County, North Carolina.Frontiers in Public Health Services and Systems Research 3(3): article 6, 2014.Jacqueline MacDonald Gibson, Nicholas B. DeFelice, Daniel Sebastian, and Hannah Leker.Link

Built Environment as a Driver of Health Risks

    • Predicting urban design effects on physical activity and public health: a case study.Health and Place 35(September):79-84, 2015. DOI:10.1016/j.healthplace.2015.07.005.Jacqueline MacDonald Gibson, Daniel Rodriguez, Taylor Dennerlein, Jill Mead, Trisha Hasch, Grant Meacci, and Stuart Levin.Link
    • Health impacts of increased physical activity from changes in transportation infrastructure: quantitative estimates for three communities.BioMed Research International Article ID 812325, 2015.Theodore Mansfield and Jacqueline MacDonald Gibson.Link
    • The effects of urban form on ambient air pollution and public health risk: A case study in Raleigh, North Carolina.Risk Analysis 35(5):901-918, 2015. DOI: 10.1111/risa.12317.Theodore Mansfield, Daniel Rodriguez, and Jacqueline MacDonald Gibson.LinkRelated news coverage

Environmental Burden of Disease Assessment

    • Environmental Burden of Disease Assessment: A Case Study in the United Arab Emirates.Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer, 2013. ISBN 978-97-007-5924-4 (hard copy) 978-94-007-5925-1 (eBook). DOI 10.1007/978-94-007-5925.1Jacqueline MacDonald Gibson, Angela Brammer, Chris Davidson, Tiina Folley, Frederic Launay, and Jens Thomsen.Available: Link. 521 pp.
    • Burden of disease attributable to environmental pollution in the United Arab Emirates.PLoS ONE 8(3): e57536, 2013. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0057536. 14 pp.Jacqueline MacDonald Gibson, Jens Thomsen, Frederic Launay, Elizabeth Harder, and Nicholas B. DeFelice.Link
    • Environmental risks to public health in the United Arab Emirates: a quantitative assessment and strategic plan.Environmental Health Perspectives 120(5):681-686, 2012.Jacqueline MacDonald Gibson and Zeinab S. Farah.Link