Collaborations & Advocacy
The Boston College Program for Global Health works collaboratively with organizations throughout the United States and the world to serve its core mission through research and advocacy.
The Autonomous University of San Luis Potosi
The Autonomous University of San Luis Potosi is the largest, oldest, and most comprehensive university in the state of San Luis Potosí, Mexico. The university was founded as a Jesuit College in 1624.Learn more
The Barr Foundation is a Boston-based philanthropy that addresses climate change and societal inequity and advances equitable solutions for clean energy, mobility, and resilient communities.Learn more
C-Change Center, Harvard University
The BC Program for Global Public Health collaborates with the C-Change Center on projects related to climate change, air pollution, and health.Learn more
Centre Scientifique de Monaco
The Centre Scientifique de Monaco supports scientific research and actions by governmental and international organizations to protect and conserve the life of the ocean.Learn more
The BC Program for Global Public Health and the Common Good collaborates with the Collegium Ramazzini, an independent, international society in environmental and occupational medicine, and with its research arm, the Ramazzini Institute.Learn more
Consortium of Universities for Global Health
Boston College is a member of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health. CUGH supports academic institutions and partners to improve the wellbeing of people and the planet.Learn more
Dept. of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard University
BC Global Health collaborates with Harvard Global Health and Social Medicine.Learn more
Fondation Prince Albert II de Monaco
In collaboration with the Fondation, BC is conducting a study on Ocean Pollution and Human Health.Learn more
IS Global, the Barcelona Institute for Global Health, contributes to the efforts undertaken by the international community to close the gaps in health disparities between and within different regions of the world.Learn more
The Minderoo Foundation is an Australian philanthropy that seeks to develop new and unique solutions to seemingly intractable challenges with the goal of driving massive change.Learn More
Planetary Health Alliance
The Planetary Health Alliance is a transdisciplinary education and research center based in the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health that analyzes the impacts of climate change, pollution and biodiversity loss on human health and on all life on Earth.Learn More
United Nations Environment (UNEP)
United Nations Environment (UNEP) is the environmental agency of the United Nations and is responsible for coordinating the UN’s responses to environmental challenges.Learn More
World Health Organization
The Boston College Program for Global Public Health and the Common Good works in partnership with the World Health Organization to protect the world’s children against environmental threats to health.Learn More
The Boston College Program for Global Public Health and the Common Good translates science into evidence-based advocacy to advance population health and achieve social justice.
We testify before Congress on national public health issues.
We publish editorials and advisories in major media outlets on air pollution, mercury, asbestos, lead, pesticide poisoning and global climate change.
Our faculty and students are working locally to oppose placement of a large, natural gas compressor station in a densely populated, low-income, environmental justice community in North Weymouth, Massachusetts.
We educate health professionals, parents and the public.
We work with UN Environment and the World Health Organization.
North Weymouth Compressor Station
Enbridge Energy Partners, Inc. has proposed the construction of a natural gas compressor station in a densely populated, low-income coastal community in North Weymouth, MA.
This is a most dangerous proposal. Fires and explosions occur every year in gas pipelines and compressor stations across the United States, and an explosion in the North Weymouth compressor would likely take the lives of school children, elderly persons in nursing homes, and commuters on the nearby Fore River Bridge. Compressor stations also release toxic and carcinogenic chemicals such as benzene, formaldehyde and 1,3-butadiene into the surrounding environment. Exposures to these hazardous chemicals will add to the already disproportionately heavy burden of disease and death in the communities surrounding this facility.
Citing this as a blatant example of environmental injustice, Boston College Global Public Health faculty have joined efforts of area residents, leading scientists, and medical organizations to oppose this project.
Five National Academies' Statement on Air Pollution and Health
On June 29, 2019, scientists from the Boston College Program for Global Public Health and the Common Good were among leaders from the National Academies of Science and Medicine of Brazil, Germany, South Africa, and the United States who came together at United Nations headquarters in New York City to release an international science-policy statement on options and measures to reduce health risks associated with air pollution
This statement was part of an initiative on “Air Pollution and Health” relating to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. It was developed by the Academy of Science of South Africa, the Brazilian Academy of Sciences, the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, the US National Academy of Medicine and the US National Academy of Sciences.
Global Observatory on Pollution and Health Director, Dr. Philip Landrigan, led the delegation from the U.S. National Academies of Sciences and Medicine. Dr. Landrigan addressed the health consequences of air pollution.