Exposure to wildland fire smoke is a community health issue that has gained the attention of public health professionals and organizations, especially in states where fires are becoming more frequent and intense. Emissions from wildland fire smoke has significant health implications for those nearby as well as those living farther downwind of the smoke. The US Environmental Protection Agency offers a suite of wildland fire resources that can assist with development of health risk communications strategies to improve public health outcomes.
Save the date for the 2018 Georgia Environmental Health Association (GEHA) Annual Education Conference (AEC) happening June 27-29, 2018, at the Savannah DeSoto Hilton. GEHA looks forward to its members and guests coming to this popular location overlooking Madison Square in the heart of Savannah’s Historic District.
NEHA Climate Change Committee
The Climate Change Committee Mission: To be a resource in addressing the environmental and public health impacts from climate change. The Climate Change Committee Goals:
1. Ensure NEHA members have basic climate science information
2. Develop, share, review, and disseminate resources on climate change policies, programs, and best practices to support NEHA, EH professionals, and the public
3. Identify and recommend the needs of the profession, training gaps, challenges, and emerging issues
4. Guide and provide input on NEHA’s climate change programs and projects
NEHA Climate Change Committee Members
NEHA Climate Change Technical Advisor and Committee Chair,
Director, Air Quality Bureau
Salt Lake County Health Dept.
Salt Lake City, UT
Felix I. Zemel, MCP, MPH, DrPH(c), CBO, RS, DAAS
Natalie Brown, MPH
NEHA, Program & Partnership Development
Christine Ortiz Gumina, MPH
NEHA, Program and Partnership Development
Tania M. Busch Isaksen, REHS, PhD, MPH
Lecturer, Dept. Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences
University of Washington, School of Public Health
Kathleen Johnson, MPH
Senior Program Coordinator
Public Health Division, Environmental Health
Washington County Dept. of Health and Human Services
R. Steven Konkel, PhD, MCP, AICP, FRIPH
Principal, Konkel & Associates
Professor, Sr. Research Fellow, Visiting Assoc. Professor
University of Alaska, College of Business and Public Policy
Niki Lemin, MS, RS/REHS, MEP
Director of Environmental Health
Assistant Health Commissioner
Franklin County Public Health
Jennie W. McAdams, MPH
Health Promotion & Community Engagement Supervisor
Franklin County Public Health
Kari Sasportas, MSW, MPH, REHS/RS
Manager, Community Resilience and Preparedness
Cambridge Public Health Department
Leon F. Vinci, DHA, MPH, RS
Founder & CEO
Health Promotion Consultants
Colorado Environmental Health Association Annual Education Conference - The mission of the Annual Education Conference is to provide high quality education opportunities while creating an environment that will develop, connect and build relationships between those who work collaboratively in the diverse sectors of environmental health.
NEHA and Additional Resources
February 2017: NEHA Climate Change Policy Statement (PDF)
AEC Climate Change Sessions and Related Topics
Articles by Journal of Environmental Health:
January/February 2016: The Impact of Extremes in Outdoor Temperature and Sunshine Exposure on Birth Weight
April 2014: 2012 NEHA/UL Sabbatical Report Vulnerability to Potential Impacts of Climate Change: Adaptation and Risk Communication Strategies for Environmental Health Practitioners in the United Kingdom (PDF)
Articles by Dr. David Dyjack:
Empowering health leaders to act on climate change.
Let’s Lead on Climate - Hear from local community, health, and faith leaders across the U.S. who are successfully engaging their constituents in programs and initiatives that promote climate leadership, action, and solutions.
Let’s Talk Health and Climate: Communication Guidance for Health Professionals - This guide combines values research, communications, and specific messaging into a single resource, so you can learn how to create messaging that truly resonates with your audience.
Let’s Talk Climate: Messages to Motivate U.S. Latinos - Environmental health professionals are uniquely positioned in local communities to be the nexus of climate change leadership. NEHA encourages you to share and use this report to activate Latinos on solutions and amplify your voice on the important message of climate change that crosses national and cultural boundaries.
Mental Health and Our Changing Climate: Impacts, Implications, and Guidance - Learn about the links between physical, mental, and community health and how climate impacts each.
Fact sheets created by ecoAmerica, APHA, and supporting partners:
This report synthesizes the key trends on Americans’ awareness and attitudes regarding climate change and solutions.
Climate for Health has brought together leaders from across the country to tell their stories about how they made climate change a priority in their organizations and in their communities.
Tools to boost recycling, minimize waste, improve disposal, sustainable transportation, conserve water, landscape with native plants, serve local and seasonal food, procure sustainable goods and services, produced or purchase sustainable energy, and improve your facility’s energy efficiency.
With the recent wildfires in California and elsewhere, we are reminded of their destructive power and their adverse effects on human health and safety.
Researchers and public health professionals have a pivotal role to play in studying wildfires and mitigating their impacts. Sign up today for our webinar on this important topic.