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About the Principal Investigator

Edna Negrón-Martínez is a professor of applied microbiology and environmental health at the Graduate School of Public Health, University of Puerto Rico, Medical Sciences Campus. Dr. Negrón-Martínez currently belongs to the Medical Sciences Campus, Institutional Review Board (IRB); and is also Principal Investigator for the project, Schools: an Asthma Friendly Environment (SAFE).

In 2015, Professor Negrón-Martínez was awarded a Sabbatical leave for research and book writing. In her research, she examines the significance of public health linkages with environmental sustainability. Her forthcoming scholarly book, “Public Health and the Environment” will target a broad audience of stakeholders, including health professionals, policymakers, academia, and the interested lay public.

Her previous positions include Program Coordinator, Department of Environmental Health; Graduate School of Public Health Academic Senator; and board member for the Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education. She has served at Medical Sciences Campus Center for Public Health Preparedness; the Council of Higher Education of Puerto Rico and the American Public Health Association’s National Board of Medical Examiners.

In 2012-2015, she was appointed to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s National Environmental Education Advisory Council. Professor Negrón-Martínez has been awarded training grants from the National Environmental Health Association, the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, and the National Science Foundation. She has published, in peer-reviewed journals, topics on environmental education, environmental science, and public health. In addition, she is the author of environmental education multimedia products and on-line instructional resources.

Dr. Negrón-Martínez earned her Bachelor’s degree in Natural Sciences and Medical Technology, and a Master’s degree in Environmental Health Sciences both from the University of Puerto Rico. She received her doctoral degree in Environmental Health Education from the Interamerican University, Puerto Rico, and has attended graduate courses in public health at Harvard School of Public Health.


Project's Outcomes

The project offered four (4) one-day long training workshops between 2009 and 2012. Almost 200 participants received six hours of continuing education credits after submitting their post education experiences at their schools or communities. Training included pre-and post-tests with the purpose of measuring knowledge gain. In addition, an evaluation questionnaire was distributed and collected at the end of the workshop to assess participants’ perception of the education various components.

The Puerto Rico (PR) Department of Education; The PR Department of Health- State Asthma Project in collaborative agreement with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); Environmental Protection Agency–Caribbean Division, and (PR) Merck Corporation have been partners in the project.

The Center for Information Technologies and Telecommunications (CentIT2), Research Center Minority Institutions (RCMI-MSC), provides support to SAFE’s website. The web-based network provides an effective outreach tool for the dissemination of the project training activities, as well as for providing links and contacts to individuals and agencies interested in improving indoor and outdoor environmental quality.


Selected publications and presentations:

Negrón-Martínez, Edna (2015, 27 de marzo). Amenazas ambientales. El Nuevo Dia, Por dentro, Pag. 4.

Dialogo UPR (2012, 16 de agosto). Proponen mayor educación sobre el asma. Available:

Negrón-Martínez EL (2010, December). Speaker (by invitation) in EPA 40th Anniversary Conference-Interamerican University San Juan, PR: SAFE Project in Puerto Rico. Concurrent Session IV: EPA working together with communities (2010).

Negrón-Martínez Edna (2009). Speaker (by invitation) in Reencuentro de Maestros de Salud Escolar, sponsored by Puerto Rico Department of Education (April, 2009). San Juan, P.R.

Project Asthma of the Puerto Rico Department of Health (2012-2014). Negrón-Martínez Edna - Representative of the Graduate School of Public Health.

Negrón-Martínez Edna (2012-2014). Member of the Committee for the Revision of Strategic Plan for Asthma Project of PR Department of Health (2012-2014).

Graduate School of Public Health, MSC-UPR (2004-2005). Negrón-Martínez Edna - Coordination of State-wide Need Assessment Survey of Puerto Rico Department of Education Teachers in collaboration with the Program of School Health of the Puerto Rico Department of Education, PRDOE.


Multimedia resources:

Negrón-Martínez EL (2012-present). PD/PI Creation of website content of SAFE Project- Schools: an Asthma Friendly Environment. Produced by The Center for Information Technologies and Telecommunications (CentIT2), Research Centers for Minority Institutions (RCMI), Medical Sciences Campus Program, UPR. Supported by RCMI grant number G12 MD007600, the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). URL:

Negrón-Martínez EL (2010). PD/PI Calidad de Aire Interior en las Escuelas y su Relación con Asma - Schools: an asthma friendly environment (SAFE Project). CD-ROMs-Digital Instructional Resources. Produced by CATA-MSC. Sponsored By Puerto Rico Department of Health: Asthma Project in collaborative agreement with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), No. 1U59EH000521-01-CDC.

Negrón-Martínez EL (2011). Assessment of Project SAFE instructional resources and CD-Roms. State-wide online MonkeySurvey.