Celeste Monforton, DrPH, MPH

Celeste MonfortonEx-Officio Member, Action Board Chair

Celeste Monforton is a lecturer in public health at Texas State University. Her research includes evaluations of occupational health and safety regulations to prevent injury and death, as well as on industry strategies to create uncertainty about scientific evidence in order to delay protective regulatory action. She earned her MPH and DrPH from the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University.

Monforton worked at the U.S. Department of Labor for 11 years at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Mine Safety and Health Administration. Later, she was appointed in 2006 and in 2010 by the Governor of West Virginia to investigate disasters that killed 41 coal miners. These experiences greatly influenced her current work, as she saw first-hand the impact on families and communities of uncontrolled hazards and employer indifference. Monforton has testified on three occasions before committees of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, including on behalf of APHA.

Currently, Monforton spends much of her time providing technical assistance to community organizations to support their investigations of factors in the work environment that are impediments health and well-being. Her book with co-author Jane Von Bergen, "On the Job: the Untold Story of Worker Centers and the New Fight for Wages, Dignity, and Health," was published by The New Press in 2021.

Monforton has served since 2013 on the board of directors of CommuniCare Health Center, a federally-qualified health center based in San Antonio, Texas, which provides care annually to more than 70,000 children and adults. She also is a fellow in the Collegium Ramazzini, and is the Science and Prevention Advisory Board Liaison for the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization. She was honored to receive APHA’s Advocate of the Year award in 2018.