Dr. Aaron Wernham directs the Health Impact Project, a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts, established to promote and support the use of Health Impact Assessment (HIA) in the United States.
Dr. Wernham was a member of the National Research Council’s Committee on HIA, led multiple HIAs and HIA trainings, and collaborated with and advised numerous state and federal agencies on HIA. Prior to joining Pew, Dr. Wernham served as a senior policy analyst with the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium where he headed a joint state-tribal-federal working group that developed HIA guidance for federal and state environmental regulatory and permitting efforts.
Dr. Wernham received his medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco and his master’s degree in health and medical sciences from the University of California, Berkeley. He is board certified in family medicine, and served as clinical faculty in a University of California, Davis family practice residency program.
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