Peer Review Publications

The following is a list of all peer reviewed articles authored or co-authored by SFDPH-PHES staff. Unless otherwise linked in the citation, abstracts for all peer reviewed articles can be found on PubMed.



Bhatia R, Jones P, Reicker Z. Competitive foods, discrimination, and participation in the National School Lunch Program. Am J Public Health. 2011 Aug;101(8):1380-6. Epub 2011 Jun 16.


Cohen DA, Bhatia R. Nutrition standards for away-from-home foods in the USA. Obes Rev. 2012 Feb 13. (E-published ahead of print).


Jones P and Bhatia R. Supporting Equitable Food Systems Through Food Assistance at Farmers' Markets. Am J Public Health. 2011 May;101(5):781-783. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2010.300021


Jones P and Bhatia R. Public-Private Partnerships Improving the San Francisco Food SystemSan Francisco Medical Society. 2007 April.


Health Impact Assessment

Bhatia R, Corburn J. Lessons from San Francisco: Health impact assessments have advanced political conditions for improving population health. Health Affairs. 2011 Dec;30(12):2410-18.


Bhatia R, Seto E. Quantitative estimation in Health Impact Assessment: Opportunities and Challenges. Environmental Impact Assessment Review. 2011. DOI:10.1016/j.eiar.2010.08.003


Bhatia R, Wernham A. Integrating Human Health into Environmental Impact Assessment: An Unrealized Opportunity for Environmental Health and Justice. Environ Health Perspect. 2008 Aug;116(8):991-1000.


Corburn J, Bhatia R. Health Impact Assessment in San Francisco: Incorporating the Social Determinants of Health into Environmental Planning. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management. 2007 May;50(3):323-341.


Dannenberg A, Bhatia R, Cole B, et al. Use of Health Impact Assessment in the United States: 27 Case Studies, 1999-2007. Am J Prev Med. 2008 Mar;34(3):241-56.


Dannenberg AL, Bhatia R, Cole B, et al. Growing the Field of Health Impact Assessment in the United States: An Agenda for Research and Practice. Am J Public Health. 2006 Feb;96(2):262-70. Epub 2005 Dec 27.



Kessell ER, Bhatia R, Bamberger JD, Kushel MB. Public Health Care Utilization in a Cohort of Homeless Adult Applicants to a Supportive Housing Program. J Urban Health. 2006 Sep;83(5):860-73.


Land Use

Bhatia R. Protecting Health Using an Environmental Impact Assessment: A Case Study of San Francisco Land Use Decision making. Am J Public Health. 2007 Mar;97(3):406-13. Epub 2007 Jan 21.


Farhang L, Bhatia R, Scully CC, Corburn J, Gaydos M, Malekafzali S. Creating Tools for Healthy Development: Case Study of San Francisco's Eastern Neighborhoods Community Health Impact Assessment. J Public Health Manag Pract. 2008 May-Jun;14(3):255-65.



Seto EY, Holt A, Rivard T, Bhatia R. Spatial distribution of traffic induced noise exposures in a US city: an analytic tool for assessing the health impacts of urban planning decisions. Int J Health Geogr. 2007 Jun 21;6:24.



Bhatia R, Wier M. ”Safety In Numbers” Re-Examined: Can We Make Valid or Practical Inferences From Available Evidence? Accident Analysis & Prevention 2011; 43(1):235-240.


Sciammas C, Rivard T, Wier M, Seto E, Bhatia R. Traffic Causes Death and Disease in San Francisco Neighborhood. Race, Poverty & the Environment 15(2):77-78.


Wier M, Sciammas C, Seto E, Bhatia R, Rivard T. 2009. Health, Traffic, and Environmental Justice. Collaborative Research and Community Action in San Francisco, California. American Journal of Public Health 99(S3):S499-S504.


Wier M, Weintraub J, Humphreys E, Seto E, Bhatia R. An area-level model of vehicle pedestrian injury collisions with implications for land use and transportation planning. Accident Analysis & Prevention 2009; 41:137-145.



Berger M, Shiau R, Weintraub JM.Review of syndromic surveillance: implications for waterborne disease detection. J Epidemiol Community Health. 2006 Jun;60(6):543-50.


Bhatia R, Shiau R, Petreas M, Weintraub JM, Farhang L, and Eskenazi B. Organochlorine Pesticides and Male Genital Anomalies in the Child Health and Development Studies. Environ Health Perspect. 2005 Feb;113(2):220-4. DOI:10.1289/ehp.7382.


Flannery B, Gelling LB, Vugia DJ, et al. 2006. Reducing Legionella colonization of water systems with monochloramine. Emerg Infect Dis. 2006 Apr; 12(4):588-595.


Kirian ML, Weintraub JM. Prediction of gastrointestinal disease with over-the-counter diarrheal remedy sales records in the San Francisco Bay Area. BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making. 2010;10:39. DOI:10.1186/1472-6947-10-39.


Kirian ML, Meregillano G, Gennette D, Weintraub JM. Multi-jurisdictional investigation of interactive fountain-associated cryptosporidiosis and salmonellosis outbreaks. Epidemiol Infect. 2008 Nov;136(11):1547-51.


Weintraub J, Flannery B, Vugia DJ., et al. Reduction of Legionella after Conversion to Monochloramine for Residual Disinfection. Journal AWWA. 2008 Apr;100(4):129-139.


Weintraub JM.Blood lead and water treatment. Environ Health Perspect.2007;115:A487-A488. Epub 1 Oct 2007.


Weintraub JM, Berger M, Bhatia R.Heterogeneous dermatitis complaints after change in drinking water treatment: a case reportEnvironmental Health: A Global Access Science Source 2006, 5:18 doi:10.1186/1476-069X-5-18.


Weintraub JM. Improving Cryptosporidium testing methods: a public health perspective. J Water Health. 2006; 04 Supplement 1:23-26.


Work Environment

Bhatia R, Katz M. Estimation of Health Benefits From a Local Living Wage Ordinance. Am J Public Health. 2001 Sep;91(9):1398-402.


Gaydos M, Bhatia R, Morales A, et al. Promoting Health and Safety in San Francisco’s Chinatown Restaurants: Findings and Lessons Learned from a Pilot Observational Checklist. Public Health Reports. 2011 Sept;26(3):62.


Minkler M, Lee P, Tom A, et al.Using community-based participatory research to design and initiate a study on immigrant worker health and safety in San Francisco's Chinatown restaurants. Am J Ind Med. 2010 Apr;53(4):361-71. (DOI): 10.1002/ajim.20791.