Dr. Jennifer Runkle is an Environmental Epidemiologist with wide-ranging experience translating science into action-based solutions for a variety of stakeholders. Dr. Runkle has worked alongside communities on important population health issues of concern, including the impact of a technological disaster on access to medical care and occupational exposure to chemicals on reproductive health. Her most recent work as a postdoctoral fellow in Occupational & Environmental Exposures at Emory University examined chemical exposure and heat stress in farmworker populations and implemented novel strategies to assess health risks and decrease exposure to these environmental stressors.
Dr. Runkle joined NCICS in November 2014 as a Research Associate to provide science and editorial support for the USGCRP Climate and Health Assessment (2016). She is a contributing author on the Impacts of Extreme Events on Human Health chapter of the report and a lead author on the NOAA State Summary for the National Climate Assessment project. While at NCICS and as a new member of the Center for Human Health and the Environment’s (CHHE) Population Health team, Dr. Runkle has been broadening her research interests to include the investigation of population vulnerability to the health effects of climate change and variability. In particular, she has been piloting the use of wearable sensor technology as a new exposure-assessment tool for large-scale epidemiologic surveillance efforts to monitor health and environmental exposures. Recently, she launched a multi-site pilot study in collaboration with Appalachian State University and Mississippi State University to explore the use of low-cost personal monitoring devices to characterize occupational exposure to heat in outdoor workers.
Thompson, L.C., Sugg, M.M., and Runkle, J.R. (2018). Report-Back for Geo-referenced Environmental Data: A Case Study on Personal Monitoring of Temperature in Outdoor Workers. Geospatial Health, 13 (1). https://doi.org/10.4081/gh.2018.629
Sugg, M., Fuhrmann, C, and Runkle, J.R. (2018) Temporal and Spatial Variation in Personal Ambient Temperatures for Outdoor Working Populations in the Southeastern USA. International Journal of Biometeorology. 2018, (accepted).
Kunkel, K., R. Frankson, J. Runkle, S. Champion, L. Stevens, D. Easterling, and B. Stewart, 2017: State Climate Summaries for the United States. NOAA Technical Report NESDIS 149., http://stateclimatesummaries.globalchange.gov/
Bell, J. E., S. C. Herring, L. Jantarasami, C. Adrianopoli, K. Benedict, K. Conlon, V. Escobar, J. Hess, J. Luvall, C. P. Garcia-Pando, D. Quattrochi, J. Runkle, and C. J. Schreck, III, 2016: Ch. 4: Impacts of Extreme Events on Human Health. The Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States: A Scientific Assessment, U.S. Global Change Research Program, 99–128. http://dx.doi.org/10.7930/J0BZ63ZV
Jennifer D. Runkle, Joan Flocks, Jeannie Economos, J. Antonio Tovar-Aguilar, and Linda McCauley. Occupational Risks and Pregnancy and Infant Health Outcomes in Florida Farmworkers. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health. 2014, 11 (8): 7820-2840.
Jennifer D. Runkle, J. Antonio Tovar-Aguilar, Eugenia Economos, Joan Flocks, BryanWilliams, Juan F Muniz, Marie Semple, and Linda McCauley. Pesticide Risk Perception and Biomarkers of Exposure in Florida Female Farmworkers. Journal of Environmental and Occupational Medicine. 2013, Nov; 55 (11): 1286-92. PMID: 24164757
Linda McCauley Ph.D., Jennifer D. Runkle Ph.D., Julie Samples J.D., Bryan Williams Ph.D.,Juan F Muniz Ph.D., Marie Semple BA, and Nargess Shadbeh J.D. Oregon Indigenous Farmworkers: Results of Promotor Intervention on Pesticide Knowledge and Organophosphate Metabolite Levels. Journal of Environmental and Occupational Medicine. 2013, Oct; 55 (10): 1164-70. PMID: 24064776
Joan Flocks, Valerie Vi Thien Mac, Jennifer D. Runkle, J. Antonio Tovar-Aguilar, Eugenia Economos, and Linda McCauley. Female Farmworkers’ Perceptions of Heat-related Illness and Pregnancy Health. Journal of Agromedicine. 2013, 18(4): 350-8. PMID: 24125050
Runkle J, Zhang H., Karmaus W., Martin A., Svendsen S. Long-term impact of environmental public health disaster on health system performance: experiences from the Graniteville, South Carolina chlorine spill. Southern Medical Journal. 2013, 106 (1):74-81. PMID: 23263318
Runkle J, Martin A., Zhang H., Karmaus W., Svendsen S. Secondary Surge Capacity: A Framework for Understanding Long-Term Access to Primary Care for Medically Vulnerable Populations in Disaster Recovery. American Journal of Public Health. 2012, 102(12): e24-32. PMID: 23078479
Runkle J, Zhang H., Karmaus W., Martin A., Svendsen S. Prediction of Unmet Primary Care Needs for the Medically Vulnerable Post-Disaster: An Interrupted Time-Series Analysis of Health System Response. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2012, 9(10), 3384-3397. PMID: 23202752
Svendsen E., Runkle J, Mazzoli C., Dhara V.R. Epidemiologic lessons learned from Environmental Public Health Disasters: Chernobyl, the World Trade Center, Bhopal, and Graniteville, South Carolina. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2012, 9(8), 2894-2909. PMID: 23066404
Davis J, Wilson S, Brock-Martin A, Glover S, and Svendsen E. The Impact of Disasters on Populations with Health and Healthcare Disparities. DISASTER MEDICINE AND PUBLIC HEALTH PREPAREDNESS.2010; 4(1): 30-38. PMID: 20389193
Teas J., Baldeon ME, Chiriboga DE, Davis JR, Sarries AJ, Braverman LE. (2009). “Could dietary seaweed reverse the metabolic syndrome?” Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition 18(2): 145-54.
Brandt H, Sharpe PA, McCree DH, Wright MS, Davis J, and Hutto B. HPV Vaccine Acceptance in a Clinic-based Sample of Women in the Rural South. American Journal of Health Education. 2009 May/June; 40 (3):174-180.
Brandt HM, Modayil MV, Hurley D, Pirisi-Creek LA, Johnson MG, Davis J, Mathur SP, Hebert JR. Cervical cancer disparities in South Carolina: An update of early detection, special programs, descriptive epidemiology, and emerging directions. J S C Med Assoc. 2006 Aug;102(7):223-30.
J. Runkle, M. Sugg, C. Fuhrmann, and S. Stevens. Personal Monitoring of Individual Temperature Experience in Outdoor Workers Using Wearable Sensors. Oral presentation at the 2017 International Society of Exposure Science Annual Meeting, Oct. 15 – Oct. 19, Research Triangle Park, NC.
J. Runkle, M. Sugg, C. Fuhrmann, and S. Stevens. Use of Wearable Sensor Technology as a Surveillance Tool to Measure Climate-related Changes in Heat Exposure among Outdoor Workers. Roundtable presentation at the American Public Health Association 2017 Annual Meeting & Expo, Nov. 4 – Nov. 8, Atlanta, GA.
Thompson, L.C., Sugg, M.M., Runkle, J.R., and Fuhrmann, C.M, “Reporting Back Environmental Exposures: A Case Study of Environmental Health Literacy and Individual Experienced Temperature among Grounds Maintenance Workers,” Celebration of Student Endeavors, Boone, NC, April 2017 Stine, W., Sugg, M.M., and
Runkle, J.R., “Spatiotemporal Patterns of Mental Stress across the United States.,” Celebration of Student Endeavors, Boone, NC, April 2017
Fuhrmann, C., M. Sugg, J. Runkle, and S. Stevens. Personal Monitoring of Occupational Heat Exposure among Grounds Management Workers: Preliminary Results from Three University Campuses. Extreme Heat II: Understanding the Social, Physiological, and Climatological Mechanisms Driving Health Outcomes in Extreme Heat at the 97th American Meteorological Society. Jan. 23-26, 2017 in Seattle, WA.
Stevens, L., S.M. Champion, K.E. Kunkel, R. Frankson, J.D. Runkle, B.C. Stewart, D.R. Easterling, L. Sun, J. Griffin, and S. Veasey. NOAA’s State Climate Summaries for the National Climate Assessment: State-level Trends in Temperature and Precipitation at the 97th American Meteorological Society. Jan. 23-26, 2017 in Seattle, WA.
Thompson, L., M. Sugg, J. Runkle, and C. Fuhrmann. Reporting Back Environmental Exposures: A Case Study of Environmental Health Literacy and Individual Experienced Temperature among Ground Maintenance Workers. 71st Annual South Eastern Division of the Association of American Geographers Meeting, Nov. 20-22, 2016 in Columbia, SC.
M. Sugg, J. Runkle, C. Fuhrmann, and S. Stevens. Individual Experienced Heat Exposure among Grounds Management Workers across Three Geographic Regions. 71st Annual Southeastern Division of the Association of American Geographers Meeting, Nov. 20-22, 2016 in Columbia, SC.
J. Runkle, 2016. The Use of Wearable Sensors to Address A Data Gap in Climate-change related Human Exposures. Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC, April 2016.
J. Runkle, 2016. Impact of Climate Change on Human Health: An Epidemiological Perspective. Department of Public Health Services, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC, September 2016.
J. Runkle, 2016. Climate Change Impacts on Public Health, Applied Climatology Department of Atmospheric Sciences, University of North Carolina, Asheville, NC, August 2016.
J. Runkle, 2016. The Climate Change Connection to Your Health, Department of Geography and Planning Seminar Series, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC. October 2016.
J. Runkle and T. Maycock, 2016. Climate & Health, Asheville Museum of Science’ Science Pub Fall Series, The Collider, Asheville, NC. October 2016.
J. Runkle, 2016. Coastal Vulnerability to Climate-Related Extreme Events: A Population Health Perspective, Keynote Speaker for Coastal Health Initiative. East Carolina University, Greenville, NC, November 2016.
Maycock, T., and J. Runkle, 2015: Climate and Health Assessment and related TSU activities. NCEI Branch Seminar, National Centers for Environmental Information, Asheville, North Carolina, July 28, 2015.