Mozhgon Rajaee joined MEC in 2019.
She is the assistant director of public health for Oakland University’s Department of Public and Environmental Wellness in its School of Health Sciences. Rajaee teaches courses on environmental health, environmental justice and public health while coordinating the graduate practicum experience.
The Golden Grizzly researches how marginalized populations are exposed to environmental pollution. She is currently focused on stressors and health outcomes for public school teachers and subsistence fishing.
Rajaee is particularly interested in how structural forces influence communities and how altering them promotes a better quality of life. She uses her interest and experiences at MEC by leveraging and amplifying Michigan’s environmental health and environmental justice work.
The Ferndale resident bolsters her work with a bachelor’s degree in global studies; a masters degree in environmental policy and planning; a masters degree in environmental quality and health; and a doctorate in environmental health sciences. She also serves on Au Sable Institute, American Public Health Association, International Society for Environmental Epidemiology and Ferndale Environmental Sustainability Commission.
In her down time, Rajaee enjoys spending time with family in the yard, whether her own or her parents’, and in her neighborhood. She also enjoys gardening — she is on a quest to remove invasive plants and replace her yard with native ones.
Read about Rajaee's work on a multi-year report on children are healthy while at school here.