Dr. Richard Jackson will be presented with the Socially Responsible Medicine Award by Los Angeles Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR-LA) at their annual Gala Dinner. He will be recognized for his long time advocacy to protect farmworkers and children from pesticide
risks and improving community health by changing the built environment. Founded on the principle that we must "prevent what we cannot cure,"
PSR-LA is committed to reducing threats to public health related to nuclear and
environmental toxins. The Los Angeles chapter is the largest in the nation, and
has played a leading role in national, state, and local education and policy
The national American Public Health Association (APHA) has announced that Jackson is the recipient of the 2012 Sedgwick
Memorial Medal. This medal, established in honor of the late Professor William Thompson Sedgwick, has been awarded by APHA for distinguished service and advancement of public
health knowledge and practice since 1929. The Sedgwick award, one of the highest honors bestowed by APHA, is
a true accolade of the profession – the recognition by an individual’s
colleagues of outstanding accomplishments in the field of public health.
In addition to these two prestigious awards, Jackson has received the Heinz Award
. Established by Teresa Heinz in 1993 to honor the memory of her late
husband, U.S. Senator John Heinz, these awards, administered by the Heinz Family Foundation,
recognize outstanding individuals for their contributions in the areas
of Arts and Humanities
, Human Condition
, Public Policy
, and Technology, the Economy and Employment
Dr. Jackson, chair of Environmental Health Sciences at UCLA’s
School of Public Health, also holds appointments in the Department of
Urban Planning and the
Institute of the Environment and Sustainability.