In the face of severe weather events and rapidly changing climate, who is at risk and what can be done? This webinar will discuss how to use a national framework to pursue ‘resilience’ from a health perspective, assess information on hazards, health effects, and vulnerability, and support the development of climate adaptation plans. We will present viable examples of how to engage with local partners, build public health ‘infrastructure’, pursue behaviour change, and work with ‘front-line’ communities at risk for climate impacts.
Dr. Kathleen Bush is the Program Manager for the Environmental Public Health Tracking Program at the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health Services. She also supports the Climate and Health Program. Her work focuses on human-environment interactions. With a background in environmental epidemiology, she draws on a variety of statistical and geospatial methods to evaluate trends in health outcomes across space and time. She is committed to building environmental health capacity at the State and Local level. Kathleen completed her Ph.D. in 2011 in Environmental Health Sciences at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, where she was also a Graham Environmental Sustainability Doctoral Fellow.
Matt Cahillane is a public health program manager with a background in adult education and environmental health. His current projects include building community resilience against climate change and helping town health officers to solve environmental problems in housing, pest control, and sanitation. He administers a CDC grant on climate change called Building Resilience Against Climate Effects (BRACE). His educational background includes training as a Wilderness EMT, a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Preventive Health Studies from UMass Amherst, and a Masters of Public Health (MPH) with a focus in Behavioral Science and Health Education from UCLA. As of November 2019, his health intervention projects include measuring community resilience, emergency preparedness for severe weather and teaching tick-safe practices.
Janine Marr is a Ph.D. student in Antioch University New England’s Environmental Studies department. She began working with the Center for Climate Preparedness & Community Resilience in 2018 as a graduate research assistant for the Building Resilience Against Climate Effects (BRACE) project with the Greater Monadnock Public Health Network in Cheshire County. Janine conducted research and facilitated stakeholder sessions to produce a literature review and theoretical framework that assisted community partners in the creation of a pilot intervention. Initiated in Spring 2019, the BRACE project used the Transtheoretical Model of behavior change and combined educational sessions with emergency kits and support networks to build resilience against extreme precipitation events within the over-65 population. The results of the pilot intervention will inform a similar project throughout the region in 2020.
This course will provide participants with step-by-step skills in utilizing the tools of democracy to take meaningful civic action on climate change. Participants will learn the levers for building political will and the essentials of climate change communication. You will apply your learning by taking action in collaboration with a local environmental organization, and further your learning with your peers via Antioch’s online learning platform and optional one-on-one meetings with the instructor. Register Now
Local and regional governments are leaders in climate change due to their unique position to make a wide range of decisions that can mitigate and adapt to our changing climate. Because they are on the frontline, many communities have conducted vulnerability assessments and engaged in adaptation planning. This module will enable participants to assess impacts to a business, community, or sector based on specific climate projections for a specific locale. Register Now
Collective actions at the societal level (civic or political action behaviors) include involvement and support of policies, plans, and funding for implementation of municipal projects that could increase local climate resilience. Community engagement with the issue of climate change typically is lacking at the local level. How individuals feel about climate change, how much they know about the issue, and how they act are all types of engagement that are needed for societal change. Register Now
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