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Changing Climate, Changing Health: Strategies for Addressing Public Health in the Age of Climate Change

September 20, 2019 @ 7:15 am - 11:45 am

The public health field is rapidly shifting to incorporate the new realities of climate impacts. From extreme heat waves to the growing prevalence of diseases, issues with water quality, trauma from storms and allergy and asthma triggers, there are many challenges to address. While we are all vulnerable to this changes, low income communities and communities of color face disproportionate risks.

Keynote Speaker Gina McCarthy, former EPA Administrator and Director of the Harvard Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment (Harvard C-CHANGE) will explore some of the key public health issues impacted by climate change.  Following her presentation, a panel discussion will dive into both what is happening on the ground to address heat, asthma, mental health and how the built environment is supporting resilient wellness.

Join us for this EBC/UMass Boston Climate Adaptation Forum to learn about how climate change is impacting public health.

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Forum Co-Chairs

Gabriela Boscio Santos, Sustainability Engagement Manager
Boston University

Deanna Moran, Director, Environmental Planning
Conservation Law Foundation

Alex Papali, Green Justice Organizer
Energy and Zero Waste Campaigns
Clean Water Action

Keynote Presentation: Climate Change, Health and the Global Environment

Gina McCarthy
Former U.S. EPA Administrator
Director, Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment (C-CHANGE)
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health



Speaker Agenda

Emergency Preparedness & Resilience for Climate Health

Click to View the Presentation – Smith – September 20 2019

Nancy Smith, Program Manager for Community Engagement
Office of Public Health Preparedness at Boston Public Health Commission

Healthy, Low-Carbon Multifamily Buildings for Climate Adaptation, Why, How, and When

Click to View the Presentation – Chase – September 20 2019

Thomas Chase, Project Manager
New Ecology, Inc.

Killer Heat and Its Effect on Public Health

Click to View the Presentation – Hollis – September 20 2019

Dr. Adrienne L. Hollis, Lead Climate Justice Analyst
Union of Concerned Scientists

Twelve Years Later: The Long-Term Mental Health Consequences of Hurricane Katrina

Click to View the Presentation – Rhodes – September 20 2019

Dr. Jean Rhodes, Frank L. Boyden Professor of Psychology
University of Massachusetts Boston

Video: “Asthma Alley”

Click to View the Video – “Asthma Alley”

Registration Information

Registration and Continental Breakfast: 7:15 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
Forum: 8:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.


September 20, 2019
7:15 am - 11:45 am


Climate Adaptation Forum


UMass Club
32nd Floor, 1 Beacon St
Boston, MA 02108
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