ND Water Week Seminar: Matthew Freeman


Location: Zoom

In honor of World Water Day, please join the Environmental Change Initiative and Eck Institute for Global Health for a virtual seminar presented by Matthew Freeman, Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Environmental Health, Emory University.

His talk is on "Foodborne Transmission: Overlooked Pathway of WASH-Related Disease in Low-Income Settings."


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The work of the Freeman Research Group is focused on assessing the role of the lived environmental on health of marginalized populations in low-income settings. We are interested in designing theory-informed interventions of water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) technologies and behaviors, and quantifying impacts through rigorous experimental and quasi-experimental methodologies; understanding drivers of behavior change and program sustainability; and utilizing implementation science frameworks to assess fidelity and context.

Specifically, the Freeman Research Group is interested in the complementary role WASH can play in mitigating the burden of neglected tropical diseases and the intersection of WASH and nutrition. This work asks policy relevant health and development questions inclose collaboration with myriad state and non-governmental stakeholders, including CARE, WaterAid, Catholic Relief Services, Save the Children, UNICEF and others.

Matthew Freeman has published over 125 peer-reviewed publications. He serves on the global STH Advisory Committee and contracts and advises the WHO on issues related to handwashing and hygiene, trachoma control, and STH control and WASH. He co-directs Emory's program in Global Environmental Health. In 2016, Freeman received the Association of Schools and Programs in Public Health Early Career Research Award. In 2018, he received the Environmental Health Department Excellence in Teaching Award.

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