Public Health

ERG public health professionals support clients in strengthening the health, safety, and well-being of people throughout the United States and beyond. We collect, research, and analyze empirical data to evaluate the implications of all types of public health concerns, from unmet medical needs to food safety to exposure to environmental contaminants. Whether examining health disparities or conceptualizing incentives to encourage innovation, ERG health professionals consistently consider how emerging patterns and trends may influence the problem and contribute to evidence-based solutions. Based on the evidence, we help design, implement, and evaluate programs and policies aimed at tackling public health issues as effectively as possible. In doing so, we use or innovate approaches to help our clients generate meaningful results grounded in principles of equity, inclusion, transparency, and accountability. To propagate solutions, we collaborate with ERG communication specialists to develop health outreach and education programs that empower clinicians, community workers, the public, and others to improve health outcomes within their sphere of influence. Throughout our work, we combine sound scientific principles with innovative, forward-looking thinking to anticipate and address both current and potential future concerns.

Risk Assessment
  • Hazard analysis
  • Fate and transport modeling
  • Exposure assessment
  • Sensitive population assessment
  • Toxicological evaluation
  • Dose-response analysis
  • Health outcome data review
  • Health indicator development and tracking
  • Health risk characterization
  • Uncertainty analysis
Epidemiology
  • Biomonitoring
  • Epidemiologic study design
  • Environmental epidemiology
  • Infectious disease epidemiology
  • Wastewater-based epidemiology
Health Policy
  • Patient-focused drug development
  • Prescription drug pricing
  • Antimicrobial resistance
  • Clinical trial costs
  • Medical product supply chains
  • Addictive substance misuse (tobacco, opioids, etc.)
  • Medication administration safety
  • Emergency preparedness and response
Health Economics
  • Benefit-cost analysis
  • Cost-effectiveness analysis
  • Statistical/economic modeling and analysis, including microsimulation modeling
  • Health outcomes research
  • Health policy evaluations
  • Uncertainty/sensitivity analysis
Program Evaluation
  • Engagement with all interested parties
  • Needs analysis, outcomes assessment, and strategic planning
  • Program description and logic models
  • Focused evaluation and methodology design
  • Multi-modal data collection (surveys, focus groups, and expert panels) and analysis
  • Extraction and analysis of administrative data
  • Credible, inclusive, evidence-based assessment of implementation, effectiveness, efficiency, cost-effectiveness, and attributions
  • Life cycle studies
Health Equity
  • Equity-centered data collection, analysis, and planning
  • Health disparities, historical root causes, and ongoing dynamics
  • Social determinants of health
  • Accessible connection, collaboration, and partnership with people with lived experience
  • Participatory research
  • Cultural and identity awareness
  • Workforce training and development
Communication and Education
  • Outreach and inclusion (all interested parties)
  • Public health campaigns (all audiences)
  • Virtual and in-person education and training (all audiences)
  • Risk communication
Example Topics
  • Health and wellness
  • Injury and illness prevention
  • Chemicals of concern (e.g., PFAS)
  • Food safety
  • Pharmaceuticals and biologics (e.g., antimicrobials, generics, biosimilars, vaccines)
  • Medical devices
  • Tobacco and substance misuse

Projects

PFAS Information for Clinicians Newly Updated
PFAS Information for Clinicians

Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry

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Environmental Health Equity Training

Massachusetts Department of Public Health

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PHIT Violence Report

Massachusetts Department of Public Health

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Survey of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers, Processors, and Packagers

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

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Monitoring Wastewater for Opioid and Other Drug Use

Water Research Foundation

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Wastewater COVID-19 Surveillance to Prevent Outbreaks

New Mexico Environment Department

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Capturing Airport Lessons Learned from COVID-19

Airport Cooperative Research Program

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Development of a Roadmap for Equity-Centered Data Strategic Planning

Massachusetts Department of Public Health

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Evaluating the Potential Impacts of Different Clinical Trial Strategies on Drug, Preventive Vaccine, and Therapeutic Complex Medical Device Development

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

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Modeling the Cost of Developing a Complex Therapeutic Medical Device for the U.S. Market

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

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COVID-19 Food Facility Assessment Survey Tool

Massachusetts Department of Public Health

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Cost of Generic Drug Development and Approval

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

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Evaluation and Recommendations for the Massachusetts Medication Administration Program (MAP)

Massachusetts Department of Public Health

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Assessing the Effectiveness of an Innovative FDA Drug Review Program

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

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Assessing Chemicals of Potential Concern Under TSCA

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

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Measuring Community Exposures to Fill Critical Data Gaps

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Service Area Leads

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Often the most vulnerable communities are disproportionately impacted by environmental hazards. In my work, I strive to offer solutions that help address environmental injustices and improve public health for all communities.

Clifton Dassuncao

Calvin Franz

At ERG, our economic projects often take us into uncharted territory where standard, regularly collected data are few or unavailable and the analytic path to answer our client’s questions is not obvious. This is exactly where I like to be! I find it deeply satisfying to explore new territory, address unique challenges, and use my expertise and creativity to develop approaches that provide meaningful, defensible results.

Calvin Franz

Naida Gavrelis

I am passionate about doing all we can to protect people’s health and well-being and the environment in which we live. I have devoted my career to addressing health risks encountered in our communities and workplaces. I strive to solve problems using common sense and sound science.

Naida Gavrelis

Arlene Levin

I was thrilled when I started working for ERG and found that I could apply my passion for environmental and occupational health by working for government agencies that promote and protect the health of individuals, workers, and the environment. This nexus has allowed me to pursue incredibly interesting work across myriad health-related topics and to help my clients plan, develop, and implement successful programs and initiatives.

Arlene Levin

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Environmental science—especially figuring out how and where chemicals move through the environment—is continually challenging and endlessly fascinating. It’s extremely rewarding to know that our work helps protect human health and make sites safer for future generations.

Will Morgan

Lou Nadeau

Agencies tend to manage what can be readily measured, but with a large toolbox of analytical and data collection techniques and some creativity, so much more is possible! I am proud and inspired to apply my program evaluation and economic valuation expertise to help agencies manage better—by providing them with valid, reliable data to enhance decision-making and by effectively communicating this information to my clients, their stakeholders, and upper management.

Lou Nadeau

Valerie Overton

In today’s world, pioneering innovative solutions requires collaboration between all of us: the people, interested parties, subject experts, information technologists, communicators, and others. I’m proud to be part of an organization that is built around an inclusive approach to progress. ERG empowers us to conceive forward-looking ideas and develop new solutions to meet our present and future needs.

Valerie Overton

Aylin Sertkaya

Economic analysis has been my field ever since my early 20s, when I first discovered its complexities, potential, and power. At ERG, I’ve had the good fortune to work with great colleagues and clients to research issues and develop solutions for a wide variety of highly consequential public health questions. It has been a consistent joy to do work that is not only impactful but also a path of continuous learning and deepening.

Aylin Sertkaya

John Wilhelmi

Clean air, safe workplaces, a stable climate for generations to follow—these are just some of the ideals that motivate my daily work. I strive to bring the best available science to our nation’s current and emerging environmental health and occupational safety issues.

John Wilhelmi