Gabriele Windgasse has more than 25 years of professional experience in applied public health. She has worked as an occupational safety and health officer in Germany, and as a toxicologist and program director at two state agencies in California. At the California Environmental Protection Agency and the California Health and Human Service Agency, she collaborated with communities, advocacy groups, community health workers, native tribes, local, state, and federal agencies to evaluate and address community concerns arising from exposures to hazardous wastes --including Superfund sites -- and releases of hazardous materials. Her interests include community engagement: citizen science/community based participatory research; the Protocol for Assessing Community Excellence in Environmental Health (PACE EH); children`s environmental health; environmental health literacy; health equity/environmental justice; risk communication; emerging public health concerns such as engineered nanomaterials; and global environmental health issues. Dr. Windgasse has taught graduate students in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences since 1994, bringing her experience in public health practice to her students and into her classes. Her current class ``Applied Environmental Public Health Science`` is entirely online and requires students to assume different professional roles when addressing environmental health problems. She has also served as a thesis advisor for Environmental Health Sciences students.
DrPH, 1993, Columbia University
MS, 1988, New Jersey Institute of Technology
BS, 1986, Technical University Berlin, Germany
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Implementation of the Protocol for Assessing Community Excellence in Environmental Health (PACE EH) in an community with environmental justice concerns: Working as Principal Investigator for the Cooperative Agreement between the California Department of Public Health and the federal Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), Dr. Windgasse and her team implemented PACE EH for the first time in California in the City of South Gate, Los Angeles County, as part of the public health assessment process.
A survey on the state of nanosafety research in the European Union and the United States; A. Duschl; G. Windgasse; J Nanopart Res (2018) 20:335
Health Consultation: Modesto Drycleaner Investigation - Service Cleaners and Sparkleen Laundry and Dry Cleaners (ATSDR, February 2018); https://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/HAC/pha/ModestoDryCleaners/modesto_dry_cleaners-508.pdf Community Summary: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CCDPHP/DEODC/EHIB/SAS/CDPH%20Document%20Library/HC%20Summary%20Service%20Sparkleen%20March%202018_ADA.pdf