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Welcome to PSR's Environmental Health Policy Institute, where we ask questions -- then we ask the experts to answer them. Join us as physicians, health professionals, and environmental health experts share their ideas, inspiration, and analysis about toxic chemicals and environmental health policy.

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Rachel Gibson

Rachel Gibson, JD, MPP, is Director of the Safer Chemicals Program for Health Care Without Harm (HCWH).  In this role, she coordinates HCWH’s efforts to advance public policies to strengthen chemical safety in the United States and to shift the market toward safer chemicals through institutional purchasing and policies in the health care sector.  She currently serves on the steering committee of the Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families Coalition.  Gibson previously directed the environmental health program for Environment California, a statewide advocacy organization, where she led numerous campaigns, including one to pass first-in-the-nation legislation restricting the use of phthalates in children’s products.  In this position, she authored “Toxic Baby Bottles: Scientific Study Finds Leaching Chemicals in Clear Plastic Baby Bottles” and “Moving Toward a Green Chemical Future” and co-authored “The Right Start: The Need to Eliminate Toxic Chemicals from Baby Products” and “Toxic Baby Furniture: The Latest Case for Making Products Safe from the Start”.  Prior to joining Environment California, Rachel worked as an environmental litigation associate at the law firm of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, where she specialized in federal Clean Air Act litigation.  She previously clerked for the Honorable Michael R. Murphy of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.  Rachel received her J.D. from UC Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law and Master in Public Policy from Harvard University.

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Prevention at Work: Reducing Hazardous Chemicals in Health Care, April 18, 2014