Date of Graduation

Summer 8-11-2017

Document Access

Project/Capstone - Global access

Degree Name

Master of Public Health (MPH)


School of Nursing and Health Professions

First Advisor

Dhrubajyoti Bhattacharya

Second Advisor

Sara Schmidt



Breast cancer continues to remain a significant health issue for women. Previously thought to only occur among postmenopausal women, breast cancer has impacted women of different ages; and rates of breast cancer have various impacts among different ethnic groups. For women living in a toxic environment, many of them have become the new wave of breast cancer cases. Screening and detection have succeeded in decreasing mortality rates. However, more research is needed in finding an efficient method of treatment. In the effort to assist in the fight against breast cancer through a policy and programmatic angle, I am fulfilling my internship at Breast Cancer Prevention Partners. The organization has been active for 25 years engaging community members in the fight against breast cancer. In the Program & Policy Department, the work is centered around policy advocacy with regards to state and federal regulations that impact environmental exposures for women and children. The goal of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics is to protect the health of consumers, workers, and the environment through public education and engagement, corporate accountability and sustainability campaigns, and legislative advocacy. This fieldwork placement resulted in the Breast Cancer Prevention Partners drafting a public comment to the FDA in response to their proposed lead maximum in lip cosmetics and external cosmetics. Due to the ever-changing political climate in Washington D.C., the second project did not come to pass. Anyone that is interested in this path must be cognizant of the impact of an unstable political climate.