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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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Robin E. Johnson, MD MPH

Dr. Johnson, a women’s health consultant, is a board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist. She received both a medical degree and masters in public health from the University of California Los Angeles and completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Los Angeles County USC Keck Women’s Hospital.  She is a fellow in Reach the Decision Makers (Reach), an environmental reproductive health policy program of the University of California San Francisco Program for Reproductive Health and the Environment (PRHE). Her focus as a Reach fellow is on the environmental impacts that result in poor reproductive health outcomes in underserved communities. She is an active Fellow with ACOG District IX’s committee on environmental health. The goal of the committee is to review and bring forward information and research on the impact of environmental toxicants on reproductive health.

Dr. Johnson has more than 35 years of women’s health care clinical experience including a career as a registered nurse and a private practice obstetrician and gynecologist.  Her work in the clinical arena centered on the underserved communities of Los Angeles County, where she managed and developed health care programs for women who are disproportionately affected by poor pregnancy outcomes resulting from poor environmental conditions.

 Her professional experience includes serving as a director in several women’s health care centers, directing the development and implementation of a perinatal home visitation program, and several academic appointments including assistant professor clinical medicine, clinical associate professor, and a faculty member for Professionalism in Medicine at the USC Keck School of Medicine.


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