Session 1 Innovations in Climate and Health Education

Monday, 8 January 2018: 8:45 AM-10:00 AM
Room 17B (ACC) (Austin, Texas)
Host: Ninth Conference on Environment and Health
Kim Knowlton, Natural Resources Defense Council, Health and Environment Program, New York, NY and John Balbus, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD

Improved educational materials and efforts are required to raise awareness and understanding of the interactions between weather extremes, climate variability, climate change, and health. This is true at multiple levels of education, including secondary schools, undergraduate and graduate schools, and health professional training. Incorporation of health into earth and environmental science courses helps students connect those sciences to societal impacts and needs. Conversely, teaching health impacts of weather and climate factors to health professionals expands their problem solving and public health preventive skills. This session will highlight recent innovations in teaching the interactions of health, weather and climate in various settings.

8:45 AM
Helping Healers Heal the World: Materials and Methods to Help Health Professionals Understand Climate and Health Connections
John Balbus, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD; and C. Sorensen
9:00 AM
Engaging GLOBE Students in Data Collection for Environment and Health
Julie S. Malmberg, UCAR, Boulder, CO; and J. Moore and R. Low
9:15 AM
Global Climate and Health Education for Health Professionals
Kim Knowlton, Columbia Univ., New York, NY; and B. Shea and J. Shaman
9:30 AM
Real-Time Climate Information for Decision-Making in Health for Africa
Wassila M. Thiaw, NOAA/NWS/NCEP, Climate Prediction Center, College Park, MD
9:45 AM

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