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Polly is a public health researcher, strategic convener, mother, singer, and advocate for just immigration policies. She has had two direct run-ins with cancer: her own, treated with radiation, and her husband’s, which was metastatic and required multiple surgeries and rounds of chemotherapy over two years starting when he was 37 years old. These experiences have shaped Polly’s work. Professionally, Dr. Hoppin has worked at the intersection of environment and human health issues since the early 1980s, first as a community organizer in places where people were sick from contaminated drinking water, then for a national environmental organization where she built a program on pollution prevention in agriculture, then as Senior Advisor on Environmental Health in the Department of Health and Human Services and at EPA, and for the last sixteen years as a Research Professor at the University of Massachusetts Lowell and Program Director for Environmental Health at the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production. In graduate school, Polly was trained in health policy and management and environmental health sciences, two arenas that were siloed academically and in the world; her work since then has focused on elevating and integrating environmental threats to health into the practice, policy and financing of health care. She has held leadership positions in the American Public Health Associations and has served on numerous boards ranging from the Massachusetts Public Health Association to Clean Water Fund to the Center for Whole Communities. She has also been instrumental in the founding and development of ongoing collaborations, including Protected Harvest, the Asthma Regional Council of New England, and the Cancer Free Economy Network.
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