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Sarah Hardin - USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. Los Angeles, CA, US

Sarah Hardin Sarah Hardin

Adjunct Lecturer | USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work


Sarah Hardin is an expert in support for programs that address inequities among veterans, homelessness and workforce development.


SARAH HARDIN is an adjunct lecturer of social work committed to supporting programs that address inequities among veterans, homelessness and workforce development.

She currently leads corporate citizenship for Deloitte Los Angeles, where she manages and executes a range of initiatives supporting Deloitte’s commitment to corporate social responsibility. She serves as a liaison between the nonprofit and corporate communities, focusing on philanthropy, skills-based volunteerism and board service in education, veterans’ services, and health and human services. In addition, Hardin chairs the Emerging Leader Cabinet of the United Way of Greater Los Angeles and is a member of the Leadership Council for USC’s Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans and Military Families. She is also a member of the Corporate Leadership Council of Southern California Grantmakers.

She received her bachelor's degree as well as a master's in health promotion and behavioral science from San Diego State University. She was certified as a project management professional in 2015.

Education (2)

San Diego State University: M.P.H.

San Diego State University: B.S.

Areas of Expertise (3)

Workplace Development

Equity for Veterans


Industry Expertise (5)

Mental Health Care

Health Care - Providers


Health and Wellness

Health Care - Services


Research Articles & Publications (1)

Tobacco and cigarette butt consumption in humans and animals BMJ

Thomas E Novotny, Sarah N Hardin, Lynn R Hovda, Dale J Novotny, Mary Kay McLean, Safdar Khan

2011 Discarded cigarette butts may present health risks to human infants and animals because of indiscriminate eating behaviours. Nicotine found in cigarette butts may cause vomiting and neurological toxicity; leachates of cigarette butts in aquatic environments may cause exposure to additional toxic chemicals including heavy metals, ethyl phenol and pesticide residues. This report reviews published and grey literature regarding cigarette butt waste consumption by children, pets and wildlife. Although reports of human and animal exposures number in the tens of thousands, severe toxic outcomes due to butt consumption are rare. Nonetheless, the ubiquity of cigarette butt waste and its potential for adverse effects on human and animal health warrants additional research and policy interventions to reduce the stream of these pollutants in the environment.

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