Environmental Public Health Coordinator
Pima County Health Department
Kimberly Tham created and manages the Environmental Public Health initiative at the Pima County Health Department in Southern Arizona. The initiative aims to build community resilience to emerging environmental public health threats through projects in climate change, environmental toxics, and the built environment. She has worked with community stakeholders, government agencies, and diverse public health partners to address environmental exposures in Pima County public water systems since November 2016. Today, she facilitates environmental health education for local healthcare providers, facilitates community-agency collaboration, and coordinates workforce development opportunities to continue addressing community-identified needs related to historic exposures to trichloroethylene (TCE), 1,4-dioxane, per-and poly fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). Kim has five years of clinical and community-based health equity experience in government. She has a BS in Biosystems Engineering and a MPH in Environmental and Occupational Health, both from the University of Arizona. Last year, Kim also completed a post-graduate Health Equity fellowship with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in the U.S. Virgin Islands to assess the public health implications of Hurricanes Irma and Maria on the region. Improving health equity through policy implementation and promotion of healthy living environments has been a core goal of her career.
Wednesday, July 10
1:30 PM – 2:00 PM