Climate change is a significant threat to health and health equity. In the Fall 2019 Climate Changes Health and Health Equity Community Read/Journal Club, we will focus on two reports: The 2018 Lancet Countdown Report and The 2016 U.S Global Change Research Program Climate and Health Assessment. The Lancet Countdown was established to provide an independent, global monitoring system dedicated to tracking the health dimensions of the impacts of, and the response to, climate change. It tracks 41 indicators across five domains: climate change impacts, exposures, and vulnerability; adaptation, planning, and resilience for health; mitigation actions and health co-benefits; finance and economics; and public and political engagement. The 2016 U.S Global Change Research Program Climate and Health Assessment focuses on the impacts of climate change on human health in the United States. This scientific assessment examines how climate change is already affecting human health and the changes that may occur in the future with focus on: temperature-related death and illness; air quality impacts; extreme events; vector-borne diseases; water-related illness; food safety, nutrition, and distribution; mental health and well-being, and populations of concern. Sessions are being live streamed.
The first five sessions in this series will address: air quality; mental health and well-being including eco-anxiety; climate change vulnerability; populations of concern; and public policy/solutions:
Oct 1st Mental Health and Well-Being, including Eco-Anxiety – LeRoy Anderson, MD, Psychiatrist (retired); Clinical Faculty (retired), School of Medicine, University of Utah; and Medical Director (retired), Outpatient Psychiatry Service, Utah Valley Medical Center
Mental Health and Well Being PowerPoint Presentation: CCH_Anderson_100119
Oct 8th Fall Break
Oct 22nd Populations of Concern – Royal P. DeLegge, PhD, LEHS, RS, Director, Environmental Health Division – Salt Lake County Health Department (Note: We are aware that the audio on this video is poor, but the content is so valuable, we are posting it despite the flaws.)
Populations of Concern PowerPoint Presentation: CCH_DeLegge_102219
The final three sessions of this discussion will feature systemic action being taken at the University of Utah, in Utah, in the U.S. and internationally to address how climate changes health and health equity:
Nov 5th Practice Green Health – Smitha Warrier, MD, Anesthesiology, Assistant Professor (Clinical), School of Medicine, University of Utah
Nov 12th Students Leading the Way on Climate
We experienced technical difficulties with the recording of this session. So, in lieu of a recording, we offer the following outline and links that were prepared for the session.
Nov 19th Climate Changes Health and Health Equity – Rising to the Challenge – Robin Burr, BA, MA, Chief Facilities Officer, University of Utah, and Christopher F. Benson, PE, CEM, LEEP AP, Program Manager, Sustainability & Energy, Department of Facilities Management, University of Utah
- 2018 Lancet Countdown – Full Report or 2018 Lancet Countdown – Brief Report
- The US Global Change Research Program’s 2016 Climate and Health Report
- TED Talk – Healthy Planet, Healthy People | Courtney Howard | TEDxMontrealWomen (16 min)
- Check the LibGuide for additional specific readings or videos for each session