Speaker, Saturday, September 18
Celeste Monforton, DrPH, MPH is a professorial lecturer in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University, and liaison to the ADAO Science and Prevention Advisory Boards. Her research includes assessment of worker health and safety laws and policies, and their effectiveness in protecting workers from illnesses, disability and death. She has published articles on strategies used by economic interests, including the asbestos industry, to manipulate scientific evidence to create uncertainty about health risks in order to delay protective regulatory action and compensation. Prior to her academic appointment, Dr. Monforton was a federal employee at the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA, 1991-1995) and Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA, 1996-2001). Dr. Monforton served on the special panels appointed by the West Virginia Governor to investigate the January 2006 and April 2010 coal mine disasters that killed a total of 41 workers. Dr. Monforton received the 2018 Advocate of the Year Award from the American Public Health Association (APHA), serves on the organization’s Action Board and in a leadership position with APHA’s Occupational Health and Safety Section. She was elected in 2015 as a fellow in the Collegium Ramazzini.