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New course for clinicians on climate change and human health

New course for clinicians on climate change and human health

Course focuses on heat and health in urban areas in session 3

New course for clinicians on climate change and human health

A new clinician-focused webinar series, titled "Climate Change and Human Health" organized by Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) with contributions from several NIHHIS partners, is now open for registration.  The purpose of this 7-week course, which runs from Feb. 17 - April 7, 2021, is to help clinicians and other medical professionals better understand the ways in which climate variability and change impact human health and health care facilities. Another goal is to help clinicians become more conversant in climate science and climate-related impacts so that they may integrate climate science information into their communications with patients as well as their long-term resilience planning for their facilities.

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ECHO is a peer-learning network launched in 2003 by clinicians for clinicians and other medical professionals who are seeking continuing education credits.  A certificate of completion will be awarded to all participants who attend all 7 sessions.  This course is the first time ECHO has addressed the subject of climate change. 

The idea for this new course was initiated by Dr. Joanna Katzman, a clinician and professor at the University of New Mexico's School of Medicine.  The course will feature following topics:

1. The Science of Climate Change 

2. Connecting Climate and Human Health Outcomes 

3. Global Warming, Extreme Heat & Vulnerable Populations

4. Climate Change, Air Quality, and Respiratory Illness

5. Climate-Driven Ecological Change and Water- and Vector-borne Diseases

6. Climate Change and Mental Health

7. Extreme Events, Impacts to Healthcare Facilities, and Disaster Preparedness

This course is free and anyone interested may register to attend here.

There will be a post-course formal evaluation to assess participants' views and feedback; and to consider whether we should re-run the course periodically in the future.  There have already been expressions of interest in extending the scope of the course to clinicians and health care professionals internationally.

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18th Annual Climate Prediction Applications Science Workshop Features CPO Staff and Honorary Panel for Ken Mooney 27 April 2021

18th Annual Climate Prediction Applications Science Workshop Features CPO Staff and Honorary Panel for Ken Mooney

The workshop brought together a diverse community to share developments in research and application of weather and climate information for societal decision-making.

CPO's Hunter Jones Featured in Weather-Ready Nation’s Social Equity-Focused Roundtable 27 April 2021

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NIHHIS and NOAA Environmental VizLab Collaborate on Urban Heat Island App 27 April 2021

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Job Opportunity with NIHHIS - Open until 17 May 2021 17 April 2021

Job Opportunity with NIHHIS - Open until 17 May 2021

UCAR is hiring a Climate and Health Program Specialist to work on Extreme Heat Issues

This position will focus on the extreme heat and health activities of the Climate and Health portfolio, working as a member of both the Extreme Heat Risk Initiative and the National Integrated Heat Health Information System (NIHHIS). 

This position will be located at the NOAA Climate Program Office in Silver Spring, MD.

CPO and Community Scientists to Map Urban Heat Inequities in 11 States 14 April 2021

CPO and Community Scientists to Map Urban Heat Inequities in 11 States

To learn where action is needed to protect vulnerable populations now and in the future, CPO’s National Integrated Heat Health Information System (NIHHIS) and partners are launching new community-led campaigns that will map the hottest parts of cities in 11 states across the country this summer. The communities include Albuquerque, New Mexico; Atlanta; New York City; Charleston, South Carolina; Kansas City, Missouri; Raleigh & Durham, North Carolina; San Diego; San Francisco; and parts of New Jersey, Indiana, Massachusetts, and Virginia. 

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NIHHIS is an integrated information system that builds understanding of the problem of extreme heat, defines demand for climate services that enhance societal resilience, develops science-based products and services from a sustained climate science research program, and improves capacity, communication, and societal understanding of the problem in order to reduce morbidity and mortality due to extreme heat.  NIHHIS is a jointly developed system by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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