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Polly Hoppin

Polly Hoppin
Dr. Polly Jacquelin HoppinResearch Professor, Program Director
  • College
    Zuckerberg College of Health Sciences
  • Department
    Public Health
  • Phone
    (978) 934-4941
  • Fax
    (978) 934-4081
  • Office
    Wannalancit Mills - Suite 500
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Research Interests

Policies and programs that cost-effectively reduce the burden of asthma, models for interagency/multi-sectoral initiatives to address environmentally-mediated disease, Promoting the development of safer products, materials, and processes as integral to chronic disease prevention, the development of appropriate science capacity to serve the needs of communities confronting environmental risks to health. The development of appropriate science capacity to serve the needs of communities confronting environmental risks to health.


  • Sc.D: Health Policy and Management/Environmental Health Sciences, (1991), Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health - Baltimore, Maryland
  • BA, (1981), Princeton University - Princeton, New Jersey


Polly Hoppin is a Research Professor in the College of Health Sciences, and Program Director of the Environmental Health Initiative at the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. Her work focuses on developing programs and policies that prevent and reduce rates of illness associated with environmental exposures, integrating understanding of links between exposures and disease with development of solutions. Hoppin, Sc.D., has been a national and regional leader on asthma for fifteen years, coordinating multi-agency national and regional initiatives as Senior Advisor at the US Department of Health and Human Services and the US Environmental Protection Agency in the late 1990s, and since 2004, serving as Principal Investigator, lead author and facilitator in a series of projects to advance asthma education and environmental interventions, in partnership with the Asthma Regional Council of New England, the Boston Public Health Commission and numerous health care, community and government partners. Her current focus with regard to asthma is leading a groundbreaking initiative to develop and implement a state-level “roadmap” for the primary prevention of asthma in Massachusetts, with over fifty organizations involved in synthesizing the relevant science and in pursuing research as well as policy and practice changes towards reducing asthma incidence. Polly is also co-leading the Lowell Center’s work to identify strategic opportunities to reduce dependency on chemicals known or suspected of causing cancer. A third major initiative led by Hoppin, Sc.D., has been elevating considerations about health impacts in decisions about the burning of wood for institutional heat and power, and working with clinicians and other partners to identify and promote policy solutions. She has served on numerous boards and committees relating to environmental health and health policy. Hoppin received her AB from Princeton University and her Doctor of Science degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health. Prof. Hoppin leads the Environmental Health Program within the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production, which encourages health sector decision-makers to prioritize safer materials as they develop research agendas and make policy decisions to reduce the burden of chronic diseases.

Selected Publications

  • Hoppin, P. (2017). Policy Perspective on Asthma. Massachusetts Health Council
  • Kriebel, D., Hoppin, P., Jacobs, M., Clapp, R. (2016). Environmental and Economic Strategies for Primary Prevention of Cancer in Early Life. Pediatrics, 138(1).
  • Hoppin, P., Jacobs, M. (2015). Strategic Plan for Asthma in Massachusetts; Chapter 5: Advance the Primary Prevention of Asthma (pp. 78-102). Massachusetts Department of Public Health
  • Collins, C., Hoppin, P. (2014). Neighbors Helped This Immigrant-Owned Dry Cleaner in Boston Go Nontoxic—and Stay in Business. YES Magazine Online
  • Jacobs, M., Ellenbecker, M., Tickner, J., Hoppin, P. (2014). IARC’s Review of Carbon Nanotubbes: Substantiating Early Warnings of Harm. Physicians for Social Responsibility Environmental Health Policy Institute
  • Hoppin, P., Jacobs, M. (2013). Public Health Protection in Wood Biomass Decision-Making. Springer Press
  • Sarewitz, D., Kriebel, D., Clapp, R., Crumbley, C., Hoppin, P., Jacobs, M., Tickner, J. (2012). The Sustainability Solutions Agenda (1st Edition pp. Chapter 1`6). Routledge
  • Sommer, S., Queenin, L., Nethersole, S., Greenburg, J., Baumik, U., Stillman, L., Hoppin, P., Chan, E., Wilkerson, R., Woods, L. (2011). Children's Hospital Boston Community Asthma Initiative: Using Outcomes to Drive Policy Change. Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action, 5(3).
  • Hoppin, P., Stillman, L., Jacobs, M. (2010). Investing in Best Practices for Asthma: A Business Case—August 2010 Update. Asthma Regional Council/Health Resources in Action
  • Sarewitz, D., Kriebel, D., Clapp, R., Crumbley, C., Hoppin, P., Jacobs, M., Tickner, J. (2010). The Sustainable Solutions Agenda. Lowell Center for Sustainable Production/Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes, Arizona State University
  • Hoppin, P., Stillman, L., Jacobs, M. (2010). Asthma: A Business Case for Employers and Health Care Purchasers. Lowell Center for Sustainable Production/Asthma Regional Council, February
  • Jacobs, M., Hoppin, P., Sperrazza, K., Clapp, R. (2009). Asthma-Related Chemicals in Massachusetts: An Analysis of Toxics Use Reduction Act Data (Methods and Policy Report Number 25). Toxics Use Reduction Institute
  • Hoppin, P., Stillman, L. (2009). What the Health Sector Needs to Implement Best Practices for Asthma: A Perspective From Providers. Asthma Regional Council/The Medical Foundation
  • Hoppin, P., Tickner, J., Jacobs, M., Coffin, M. (2008). A Common Agenda for Health and Environment: Goals for the Next Generation and Steps to Get There. Lowell Center for Sustainable Production
  • Hoppin, P., Jacobs, M., Stillman, L. (2007). Investing in Best Practices for Asthma: A Business Case for Education and Environmental Interventions. Asthma Regional Council/The Medical Foundation
  • Clapp, R., Hoppin, P., Kriebel, D. (2006). Erosion of the Integrity of Public Health Science in the USA. Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 63 367-368.
  • Clapp, R., Hoppin, P., Jagai, J., Donahue, S. (2006). Perflourooctanoic Acid Case Study. Project on Scientific Knowledge and Public Policy
  • Clapp, R., Culver, A., Donahue, S., Fuller, T., Hoppin, P., Jacobs, M., Sutherland, L. (2006). Risks to Asthma Posed by Indoor Health Care Environments: A Guide to Identifying and Reducing Problematic Exposures. Health Care Without Harm
  • Hoppin, P. (2005). IBM Employees v. IBM: Pitfalls and Opportunities of Litigation-Generated Research. NEW SOLUTIONS: A Journal of Environmental and Occupational Health Policy, 15(3) 277-285.
  • Hoppin, P., Clapp, R. (2005). Science and Regulation: Current Impasse and Future Solutions. American Journal of Public Health, 95(S1) S8-S12.
  • Hoppin, P., Donahue, S. (). Improving Asthma Management by Addressing Environmental Triggers: Challenges and Opportunities for Delivery and Financing. Asthma Regional Council/The Medical Foundation
  • Hoppin, P., Jacobs, M., Donahue, S. (2003). School-Based Asthma Surveillance in New England. Asthma Regional Council, The Medical Foundation
  • Hoppin, P., Katz, S., Robarge, G. (2000). Action Against Asthma: A Strategic Plan for the Department of Health and Human Services. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Hoppin, P. (2000). Risky Business – Generations at Risk: Reproductive Health and the Environment. Public Health Reports, 115(4) 381-383.
  • Tickner, J., Hoppin, P. (2000). Children's Environmental Health: A Case Study in Implementing the Precautionary Principle. International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health, 6(4) 281-288.
  • Hoppin, P. (1997). Reducing Pesticide Reliance and Risk Through Adoption of the IPM: An Environmental and Agricultural Win-Win (Miscellaneous Publication Number 1542 pp. 12-17). United States Department of Agriculture
  • Hoppin, P., Liroff, R., Miller, M. (1997). Reducing Reliance on Pesticides in Great Lakes Basin Agriculture. World Wildlife Fund
  • Hoppin, P. (1993). Transition of Products: Sunset/Sunrise (pp. 75-79). World Wildlife Fund
  • Murray, D.L., Hoppin, P. (1992). Recurring contradictions in agrarian development: Pesticide problems in Caribbean basin nontraditional agriculture. World Development, 20(4) 597-608.
  • Murray, D., Hoppin, P. (1990). Pesticides and Nontraditional Agriculture: A Coming Crisis for U.S. Development Policy in Latin America? (90-94). Texas Papers on Latin America, Institute of Latin American Studies, University of Texas at Austin