Yoshira Ornelas Van Horne

Yoshira Ornelas Van Horne

Yoshira Ornelas Van Horne

Assistant Professor
Environmental Health Sciences



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Dr. Yoshira Ornelas Van Horne is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. Yoshira is an alumna of the Agents of Change in Environmental Justice Fellowship. Her research focuses on addressing unequal exposures to harmful contaminants that affect structurally marginalized communities. Dr. Ornelas Van Horne is committed to building health equity through community-driven research and is passionate about research translation and communication. To this end, her work not only characterizes inequities in cumulative exposures but also supports community-driven solutions and training efforts. Dr. Ornelas Van Horne is an HSI alumna of the Environmental Health Sciences program at the University of Arizona, and a member of the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science.



BS, 2012, University of Arizona
MS, 2014, University of Arizona
PhD, 2019, University of Arizona

Editorial Boards

Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology

Other Affiliations

Areas of Expertise

Child Health and Development, Asthma, Community Programs and Outreach, Disparities / Inequalities in Health, Minority Health, Social Factors in Health, Pollution--Air/Ground/Water, Arsenic Exposure, Environmental Toxins, Water Quality and Access, Rural Health, Health Literacy, Urban Health

Select Publications

Van Horne YO, Alcala CS, Peltier RE, Quintana PJ, Seto E, Gonzales M, Johnston JE, Montoya LD, Quirós-Alcalá L, Beamer PI. An applied environmental justice framework for exposure science. Journal of Exposure Science & Environmental Epidemiology. 2022 Mar 8:1-1.

Van Horne YO, Farzan SF, Razafy M, Johnston JE. Respiratory and allergic health effects in children living near agriculture: A review. Science of The Total Environment. 2022 Apr 4:155009.

Van Horne YO, Farzan SF, Johnston JE. Metal-mixtures in toenails of children living near an active industrial facility in Los Angeles County, California. Journal of exposure science & environmental epidemiology. 2021 May;31(3):427-41.

Van Horne YO, Chief K, Charley PH, Begay MG, Lothrop N, Bell ML, Canales RA, Teufel-Shone NI, Beamer PI. Impacts to diné activities with the san juan river after the gold king mine spill. Journal of exposure science & environmental epidemiology. 2021 Sep;31(5):852-66.

Carr TF, Beamer PI, Rothers J, Stern DA, Gerald LB, Rosales CB, Van Horne YO, Pivniouk ON, Vercelli D, Halonen M, Gameros M. Prevalence of asthma in school children on the Arizona-Sonora border. The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice. 2017 Jan 1;5(1):114-20.

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