Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Research Seminar Series

Friday, March 24, 2023  |  12:00 PM - 1:00 PM | (Central Time)

Plastic waste is everywhere: Can implementation research address plastic waste burning in rural households in Guatemala? 


Seminar sessions are FREE, and open to all!

This event will be held online, via our UTHealth Webex webinar platform and in person.



Lisa M. Thompson, PhD, MS, RN, FNP, FAAN

Director of Graduate Studies in Nursing

Associate Professor

Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing

Emory University


Lisa Thompson is an Associate Professor at Emory University in the School of Nursing, with a secondary appointment in the Department of Environmental Health at Rollins School of Public Health. The focus of Dr. Thompson's research is to evaluate effective behavioral interventions to reduce household-level air pollution that can be implemented in real-world settings. She has spent the past 18 years working on research projects related to household air pollution in rural Guatemala, starting as a graduate student at the University of California, Berkeley on an NIEHS-funded randomized stove intervention study on infant pneumonia (RESPIRE study, Dr. Kirk Smith, PI). Currently she is a co-Investigator on the HAPIN trial, a randomized controlled trial of a liquid petroleum gas stove and fuel distribution in 3,200 households in four countries (India, Guatemala, Peru, and Rwanda). This study aims to deliver evidence regarding the health benefits of a liquefied petroleum gas stove and free fuel intervention on children during the first year of life. She is currently conducting a cluster randomized trial in rural Guatemala, referred to as ECOLECTIVOS, that is one of the first implementation science study to develop and evaluate community-level working groups that aim to reduce household burning of plastic waste.


About the EOHS Research Seminar Series

The Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences (EOHS) Research Seminar Series presents information on current research topics and emerging issues in EOHS.

Seminars are presented by UTHealth School of Public Health faculty, doctoral students, post-doctoral fellows or external esteemed guest lecturers. Seminars are scheduled on a biweekly basis, on alternate Fridays at noon.

Target Audience: Physicians, Nurses, Safety Professionals, Industrial Hygienists, Epidemiologists, Graduate Students and other public health professionals.

The objective of the series is to identify and discuss new methods, advances and current topics in environmental and occupational health science research and apply current knowledge and key assumptions in environmental health sciences and other areas to advance the development of the field.

Learning Outcome(s): At the completion of this series of lectures the Physician, Registered Nurse, Safety Professionals, Industrial Hygienists, Epidemiologists, Graduate Students and other public health professionals will be able to (1) recognize an environmental and/or occupational health problem; (2) identify new methods, advances and current research in the environmental and occupational health science; (3) discuss research outcomes; (4) consider application of major research findings; and (5) apply lessons learned to public health practices and patient care.

Houston Campus Location & Parking


The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth)

School of Public Health

1200 Pressler St., Room W304

Houston, TX 77030

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All campus visitors are required to sign-in at security and present a current form of government issued identification. Please arrive 15 minutes early to park, check-in, received a visitor badge and proceed to the elevator lobby.

Parking information

Visitor parking is available in front of the UTHealth School of Public Health in a very limited capacity for a fee.

Parking can also be found at TMC Garage 2 across Holcombe off Bertner.

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To request an accommodation or for inquiries about accessibility, please contact us 7-10 days before the activity by email at SWCOEH.CE@uth.tmc.edu.

Additional Seminar Dates

Seminars are offered over the course of the 2022-2023 year.

Please regularly check the training calendar for updated seminar registration page availability and information at

Fall 2022


September 16, 2022
September 30, 2022
October 14, 2022
October 28, 2022
November 4, 2022
November 18, 2022

Spring 2023

January 20, 2023
February 3, 2023
February 17, 2023
March 3, 2023
March 24, 2023
April 7, 2023


Your Best Response to a Changing World!

The Southwest Center for Occupational and Environmental Health (SWCOEH) supports research, education and outreach in occupational and environmental health. The SWCOEH is housed within the Department of Epidemiology, Human Genetics and Environmental Sciences of the UTHealth School of Public Health.

The SWCOEH was established in 1977 as a NIOSH-funded Education and Research Center (ERC), now one of 18 ERCs in the nation. In 1985, the SWCOEH became a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Occupational Health.

Visit www.SWCOEH.org to learn more about our graduate-level education in environmental and occupational health, research and continuing education and outreach programs.


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Contact Us

Southwest Center for Occupational and Environmental Health
Outreach Program

1200 Pressler St., RAS W1014
Houston, TX 77030

Email: SWCOEH.Outreach@uth.tmc.edu
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