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Public Health in the Face of Climate Change

Tuesday, January 16, 2018
5:30-6:30 p.m.
Backwoods Bistro
401 E. Tennessee St., Tallahassee
(corner of Gadsden St.)

The spring Policy Pub series kicks off with a program orginially scheduled for last fall but postponed due to Hurricane Irma.

Assistant Professor of Geography Chris Uejio will present his talk on "Public Health in the Face of Climate Change" at the January session of the college's popular series that brings together the general public with policy experts from FSU for an open discussion of today's most important issues.

“Climate change is a very real environmental crisis,” Uejio says. “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, such as the Zika virus, and by 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 problems. (Read the story and hear the radio report here.)

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. (Full story here.)

Policy Pubs take place in the relaxed social atmosphere of Backwoods Bistro at the corner of Tennessee and Gadsden streets. 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 the restaurant’s lot or surrounding streets and a good table inside.

The fall series takes place on the second Tuesdays of the first three months of the year: January 16, February 20, and March 20.

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