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    February 17, 2017 | 8:58 AM

    The Climate Crisis and Public Health [Video]

    The American Public Health Association (APHA) cites 2017 as “the year of climate change and health,” and we agree that it’s vital to talk about the climate crisis’ impact on public health.

    That’s why Climate Reality held a Climate & Health Meeting on February 16, 2017 in partnership with the APHA, the University of Washington Center for Health and the Global Environment, Harvard Global Health Institute, and other leading organizations.

     

    Led by Climate Reality Founder and Chairman Al Gore, the event provided a space for climate scientists, public health officials, health care providers, and other diverse stakeholders to discuss solutions to the critical impacts of the climate crisis on public health issues, such as extreme weather events, transmission of infectious diseases, clean water, and food security.

    The Climate & Health Meeting featured more than 20 expert speakers, including Dr. Georges Benjamin, executive director of the APHA; Dr. Ashish Jha, director of the Harvard Global Health Institute; Dr. Jonathan Patz, director of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Global Health Institute; and many other renowned public health leaders. Climate Reality Leaders Susan Pacheco, Lise Van Susteren, and Catherine Flowers also joined us as panelists.

    Find out more about the five panels, special keynotes, and the speakers on our agenda below.

    Finally, don’t miss Vice President Gore’s perspective on the climate crisis and public health in this blog post.

     

    Climate & Health Meeting Agenda

    8:00AM-9:00AM: 
    REGISTRATION: 

    9:00AM-9:30AM:
    WELCOME REMARKS

    Former Vice President Al Gore, Founder and Chairman, The Climate Reality Project
    Georges Benjamin, American Public Health Association
    Ashish Jha, Harvard Global Health Institute

    9:30AM-10:00AM:
    KEYNOTE PRESENTATION

    Vice President Al Gore, Founder and Chairman, The Climate Reality Project

    10:00AM-10:15AM:
    BREAK

    10:15AM-11:30AM PANEL:
    CONNECTING CLIMATE CHANGE AND PUBLIC HEALTH: STATE OF THE SCIENCE

    Moderator
    Jonathan Patz, University of Wisconsin
    Heat
    Kim Knowlton, Natural Resources Defense Council and Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University
    Extreme Weather Events and Disasters
    Mark Keim, DisasterDoc
    The Food Supply
    Sam Myers, Harvard University
    Infectious Diseases
    Glenn Morris, University of Florida
    Air Quality and Allergens
    Patrick Kinney, Boston University
    Mental Health
    Lise Van Susteren, Advisory Board member, Center for Health and the Global Environment, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

    11:30AM-12:05PM:
    SPECIAL KEYNOTE: CO-BENEFITS: THE GOOD NEWS STORY OF CLIMATE CHANGE AND HEALTH

    Introduction by: Patrick Breysse, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    Professor Sir Andy Haines, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

    12:05PM – 12:15PM:
    SPECIAL KEYNOTE: LAURA TURNER SEYDEL

    Board Member, the Turner Foundation; Board Chair, Mothers and Others for Clean Air

    12:15PM – 12:25PM:
    SPECIAL KEYNOTE: STEPHANIE STUCKEY

    Chief Resilience Officer, City of Atlanta

    12:30PM-2:00PM:
    LUNCH

    12:50PM-1:35PM:
    LUNCHTIME PANEL: PROTECTING PUBLIC HEALTH FROM CLIMATE-RELATED THREATS: LESSONS FROM ACROSS THE GLOBE

    Moderator: Kristie Ebi, University of Washington
    Rainer Sauerborn, Heidelberg Institute of Public Health
    Diarmid Campell-Lendrum, World Health Organization
    Jan Semenza, European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control

    2:15PM-3:30PM PANEL:
    PROTECTING PUBLIC HEALTH FROM CLIMATE-RELATED THREATS: FROM SCIENCE TO PRACTICE IN THE UNITED STATES

    Moderator: Howard Frumkin, University of Washington
    Climate Change Adaptation: From Models to Action 
    George Luber, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    Vulnerable Populations 
    Catherine Flowers, Alabama Center for Rural Enterprise
    Action at the State and Local Level: The Role of Public Health Agencies 
    Clifford Mitchell, Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
    The Role of the Health Care Sector 
    Gary Cohen, Health Care Without Harm
    BY VIDEO: Tracking and Measuring Progress 
    Nick Watts, Lancet Countdown and UK Health Alliance on Climate Change

    3:30PM-3:45PM: 
    BREAK

    3:45PM-4:45PM PANEL:
    COMMUNICATING THE CLIMATE-HEALTH CONNECTION

    Moderator: Matt James, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation
    Ed Maibach, George Mason University
    Susan Pacheco, University of Texas Health Science Center
    Jerry Taylor, Niskanen Center

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