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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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Upcoming Heat Season Awareness Social Media Campaign 5/16/2022 - 5/20/2022

Upcoming Heat Season Awareness Social Media Campaign

The NIHHIS Interagency Communications Group will be holding a heat season awareness social media campaign from May 16-20, 2022.

NOAA and Communities to Map Heat Inequities in 14 Communities and Two International Cities 10 May 2022

NOAA and Communities to Map Heat Inequities in 14 Communities and Two International Cities

Communities will use maps to inform efforts to combat extreme heat

CPO-funded American Planning Association Book: Planning  for Urban Heat Resilience 6 April 2022

CPO-funded American Planning Association Book: Planning for Urban Heat Resilience

This is the authoritative text for planners on the issue of urban heat island resilience, and it was funded by the Extreme Heat Risk Initiative of CPO.

NOAA's Applied Research Center for Dataset Development (ARC) Develops New Climate Dataset for Health Users 12 November 2021

NOAA's Applied Research Center for Dataset Development (ARC) Develops New Climate Dataset for Health Users

This dataset and tool are directly responsive to requests Dr. Spinrad heard from health practitioners at a NOAA Climate and Equity Roundtable event held in October 2021.

CPO Funds University of Vermont Extreme Heat Project 16 August 2021

CPO Funds University of Vermont Extreme Heat Project

The project will build on outcomes from NOAA's community-led field campaigns, which have helped engage the Burlington community and have produced critical hyperlocal temperature information. But cities, and Vermont's smaller cities and communities in particular, need more tools and resources to help them determine the most effective and efficient solutions tailored to their needs.  

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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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