9.2 Climate and Health Connections: Strategies for K-12 Teachers

Wednesday, 13 January 2016: 4:15 PM
Room 353 ( New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center)
Dana Haine, UNC-Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC

That the physical environment shapes the lives and behaviors of people is certainly not news, but communicating the impact of a changing climate on human health and predicting the trajectory of these changes is an active area of study in public health. From air quality concerns to extreme heat to shifts in the range of disease vectors, there are many opportunities to make connections between Earth's changing climate and human health. While many science teachers understand that addressing human health impacts as a result of a changing climate can provide needed relevance, it can be challenging for teachers to do so given an already packed curriculum. This session will share strategies, lessons and resources that can be used to integrate human health impacts into instruction by enhancing, rather than displacing content related to climate science.
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