Georgia WAND Welcomes Jumana Master as Nuclear Harm Reduction Strategist By Becky Rafter

We are excited to welcome Jumana Master to the Georgia WAND team. Jumana, twice a former intern, came on board August 1, 2018 full-time as the Nuclear Harm Reduction Strategist. Jumana brings expertise in public health related to radiological exposure and a strong analysis about the need to center frontline communities in the work.
Jumana will focus on specific objectives in support of Georgia WAND’s 25-year goals:
  1. To mitigate, reduce, or reverse nuclear and environmental harms in Georgia communities
  2. To build economic, political, and cultural power in frontline communities
  3. To build Georgia WAND’s financial stability and shared managerial expertise
While an intern with Georgia WAND last fall, Jumana presented at the 2017 Atlanta Undergraduate Conference on Health and Society, where she gave an oral presentation on the Radionuclide Education, Monitoring, and Outreach Program (REMOP) and the importance of environmental justice work and community-centered engagement. During that time she also conducted and presented findings from a systematic literature review on radiation exposure and human health. The initial search yielded 122 articles, 12 of which fit the inclusion criteria. Of the 12 included in the review, only 3 yielded statistically significant results. Upon final analysis, Jumana recommended that more studies be conducted using stronger study designs to measure association to properly assess the range of health impacts caused by nuclear radiation exposure. In her own words,
“According to a multitude of research conducted over the course of decades, we know that there are no safe doses of radiation exposure. This means that based on even the information we have available, we know that any dose of radiation does indeed increase one’s risk for cancer and other health outcomes. The available data is lacking in scope and quality because many studies are either focused solely cancer or are weak in design and analysis. This combination does not allows us to truly understand the severity of other health outcomes that radiation has been linked to such as fetal anomalies and cataracts. For example, exposure to radiation affects a woman’s eggs, and if she is pregnant and carrying a female, the radiation can also affect her daughter’s eggs. Unfortunately, there have not been any quality longitudinal studies to help us understand the depth of these and other multi-generational impacts.”
In one short month, Jumana has demonstrated that she is an integral part of the team. She emcee’d Justravaganza (8/25) at the Dunbar Recreation Center. This town-hall style event featured incredible speakers who helped launch the Freedom to Breathe Tour and wrap up the Justice First Tour. She has represented Georgia WAND on the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability (ANA) coalition calls and has begun setting the stage to develop a participatory public health campaign that she began working on during her summer 2017 Agnes Scott College Bevier Public Health Internship. Earlier this year she attended our annual trip to the Hill for ANA’s DC Days. She has also joined Partnership for Southern Equity’s Just Energy Circle (JEC)’s Policy Committee. Jumana is excited about the mission of Georgia WAND, the way we do the work, the culture of the organization, and the possibilities that are laid out before us for creating systemic change in communities directly affected by nuclear production, climate change, systemic violence, and inequitable public spending. She is eager to continue helping Georgia WAND uplift communities and amplify frontline voices! Welcome Jumana!
To reach Jumana, call 404-524-5999 x1012 or email jumana@georgiawand.org.