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Policy Pub: Win/Win Opportunities for Improving Health in the Face of Climate Change

This session was cancelled due to Hurricane Irma.
Join us for the first Policy Pub of the spring semester, January 19,
when Chris Uejio will present this topic.

“Win” is not a word that usually comes up in discussions about climate change – let alone twice – but Assistant Professor of Geography Chris Uejio believes that effective, coordinated efforts may yield some positive results, even in the face of potentially disastrous changes. How we might improve public health as we deal with this looming threat to the planet is the topic of Uejio's talk at the opening session of the fall 2017 season of Policy Pub, the college's popular public forum series.

“This is a very real environmental crisis,” he said. “We want to look at ways to strengthen our institutions and infrastructure in order to help society withstand and recover from disasters as well as climate change.”

Uejio is well versed in this topic. His research focuses on health effects related to climate change, including heat waves and diseases transmitted by mosquitoes (Zika) and water. He co-authored the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Building Resilience Against Climate Effects (BRACE) framework and frequently works with health departments to understand and adapt to climate change.

In 2016, Uejio received a $1 million grant to help county health departments across Florida assess potential environmental problems that would affect public health and develop action plans to combat these issues. Earlier this year, he published research drawing a link between the impact of climate change and untreated drinking water on the rate of gastrointestinal illness in children.

Now in its second year, Policy Pub brings faculty from the college and the public together for brief, plain-language presentations on key issues that affect everyone's lives, followed by questions and lively discussion. Each session lasts about one hour.

Policy Pubs take place in a relaxed, interactive atmosphere in the bar area of Backwoods Bistro in Downtown Tallahassee. Guests can enjoy food and drink from the menu while listening to and talking about the evening’s topic. Because these events are very well attended, the public is encouraged to arrive early to get a good parking spot in in the restaurant’s lot or surrounding streets and a good table inside.

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