Richard V. Pepino, MSS, MS
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 923-7583 fax
MS, Villanova University
MSS, Villanova University
BA, LaSalle University
Lecturer, Jefferson College of Population Health
Research & Practice Interests
Adverse Social and Environmetnal Impacts of the Coal Industry
Fundamentals of Environmental Health
Mr. Rich Pepino has a long-standing interest in public policy research, especially as related to public health issues in vulnerable communities. Much of his Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) career dealt with the analysis of adverse environmental and social impacts in the coal industry, especially in West Virginia. He directed the preparation of numerous Environmental Impact Statements (EIS) and his subsequent pursuit of academic research began as a result of his work in preparing EIS documents. Mr. Pepino has been able to blend his practice of public policy with his strong interest in science education in developing funded research proposals for a broad variety of public health and policy challenges. Mr. Pepino's recent research focuses on affected communities that often fall under the definition of Environmental Justice (EJ) neighborhoods. He is currently working under a grant to study the possibility of a Flint-type water crisis in Philadelphia. Before this, he received a SRP grant (NIEHS, P42) to focus on the community of Ambler, PA. The primary goal of this project was to translate medical and environmental investigations to improve health and social outcomes in a diverse community that has been exposed to asbestos risks for almost a century.
For many years, Mr. Pepino has been a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania, where he teaches Academically Based Community Service (ABCS) courses. These Benjamin Franklin scholar courses require students to work with at-risk communities on topics such as urban asthma and childhood lead poisoning. He also enjoyed working for six years with the TREES and STEER students and believes these programs promote important research opportunities for a future generation of public health professionals. His participation in Penn’s ABCS program has directly lead to ongoing funded grants with the Philadelphia (AMS) and Pennsylvania Departments of Health to address lead and other toxic exposures in vulnerable urban communities.