Geoffrey Lomax

Geoffrey Lomax is the former research director for the California Department of Health Services' Environmental Health Tracking Program.

Recent Articles

A Breath Of Fresh Air

The crowning achievement in urban health came in the late-19th and early-20th centuries, when a series of broad changes transformed the social and material environment for millions of inner-city Americans. Important policies aimed at improving children's health, working conditions, housing, and public sanitation translated into dramatic improvements in the health of the average American. And they happened, largely, because Americans in the Progressive Era had come to recognize that "health" is inextricably linked to the much broader social, economic, and environmental conditions in which people live. In more recent decades, however, this enlightened ideal regrettably gave way to a narrower, segmented thinking about health care in which the health of people was considered separately from the conditions of their environment, housing, and workplace. Epidemiologists -- scientists who study causes of disease and how illness is distributed in populations -- increasingly focused on...