[pccgrads] Please join CHanGE for a breakfast seminar, January 17, 8:00am in Harris Hydraulics

Marci Burden mburden at uw.edu
Mon Jan 8 09:13:04 PST 2018

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Please join the Center for Health and the Global Environment (CHanGE) for our monthly Breakfast Seminar. Our January event will feature CHanGE Director Dr. Kris Ebi, who will show a video on the health risks of climate change, and then discuss efforts underway to increase resilience to the health risks of climate change in least-developed countries in the Pacific.

Date: Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Time: 8:00 to 9:00 am
Location: Harris Hydraulics Laboratory - Large Conference Room
RSVP: chge at uw.edu<mailto:chge at uw.edu>

Beverages (coffee/tea) and a light breakfast will be provided. Please RSVP to help us plan our order and accommodate all participants.

More Information & Speaker Bios:

Dr. Kristie Ebi brings more than 20 years of experience in global climate change and health to directing and leading the Center for Health and the Global Environment. Kristie conducts research on the health risks of global change, including from extreme events, thermal stress, foodborne and waterborne safety and security, and vector-borne diseases. She has worked on understanding vulnerability and designing adaptation options to increase resilience in multi-stressor environments in Central America, Europe, Africa, Asia, the Pacific, and the US.

Chris Boyer is a recent MPH DGH graduate working with CHanGE. His focus revolves around the health risks of and adaptation to climate change, particularly in low-and-middle income countries. He has experience working with the World Health Organization in Lao PDR and Cambodia on a project to build resilience of health systems to climate change, as well as health adaptation monitoring and evaluation. Prior to attending graduate school, he served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Zambia, focusing on WASH, food security, and gender inequality issues. Currently, he is at WHO Fiji working on a Global Environment Facility project proposal, "building resilience of health systems in Pacific Island Least Developed Countries to climate change."

The Pacific Least Developed Countries (Kiribati, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu) are among the most vulnerable to climate variability and change. Climate-sensitive health risks include vector/food/waterborne diseases, malnutrition, and non-communicable diseases. The majority of populations and health care facilities (hospitals and community health centers) are located in close proximity to low-lying coastal areas and are highly vulnerable to cyclones, floods, storm surges, sea level rise, and disturbances in water supply caused by drought or salination of aquifers. Damage to these buildings and essential supplies/amenities affects their capacity to provide health services when they are most needed emergency situations. To address these challenges to health and to health systems, the Global Environment Facility will fund a health adaptation projection to integrate climate change into national and local health governance, health information management, and delivery of health services to prepare for and effectively respond to climate change impacts on morbidity and mortality in vulnerable population groups.

The Center for Health and the Global Environment (CHanGE) collaboratively develops and promotes innovative approaches to understanding and managing the risks of global environmental change. CHanGE conducts research and policy analysis, education and training, and technical assistance and capacity building, integrating health, environmental, and social sciences. CHANGE focuses on health outcomes associated with the consequences of global environmental changes, such as extreme weather and climate events, water and food security, and infectious diseases. (http://globalchange.uw.edu/)

Breakfast Seminars will be held monthly, aiming to grow and strengthen networks, promote sharing of ideas, and support collaboration across health and climate change communities. Meetings are open to students, faculty, and staff across the University of Washington with an interest in understanding and mitigating the health impacts of climate change.

Marci Burden
Program Manager
Center for Health and the Global Environment (CHanGE)
Department of Global Health

4225 Roosevelt Way NE #100
Suite 2330 | Box 354695
Seattle, WA 98105


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