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Emergency & Disaster Response


Disaster Preparedness & Response: Reaching Those Left Behind (CME)
June 9, 2023 | Moriah Washington & Dr. Armen Henderson

Due to climate change and an increase in global surface temperatures, we will continue to see an increase in extreme weather events such as severe storms, hurricanes, droughts, and flooding. Dr. Armen Henderson, 2021 CHEF Fellow and Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Miami, will talk about the effects that disasters, such as extreme weather events, have on disadvantaged communities and his program to engage health professionals in responding. Moriah Washington, Director of Community Engagement at the New York City Emergency Management Agency, will report on how NYC is working to strengthen communities by implementing culturally specific solutions to emergency response which are made available to their residents.


(coming soon) Climate Change & EJ Communities: Port Arthur, TX as a Case Study
June 10, 2022 | Hilton Kelley


The Racial Trauma of Climate Change
August 13, 2021 | Dr. Annelle Primm

As many of you know, historical displacement, disenfranchisement, and exploitation have put many communities of color in the direct path of the climate crisis. Climate change magnifies the underlying stressors of racism and poverty — both of which have documented, acute physical and mental health impacts. This unique form of trauma is called racial trauma. When climate disaster strikes, the mental health consequences on top of racial trauma are often more severe.┬áDr. Annelle Primm chairs All Healers Mental Health Alliance, a group of mental health professionals, faith leaders, first responders, and public health advocates, that facilitate culturally aligned responses to the mental health needs of marginalized communities that have been affected by natural and human-caused disasters.


Who Do You Call? Climate Disasters In Environmental Justice Communities
July 9, 2021 | Hilton Kelley & Jacqueline Patterson

All too often the same inequities that plague our economic system are apparent in disaster preparation and response. Lower-resourced communities – while often on the frontlines of disaster – have less access to federal programs and are not adequately served by the local and state systems in place. For the fifth webinar in our Climate and Health Equity series, environmental justice leaders Hilton Kelly and Jacqueline Patterson will join us for a discussion on disaster response needs in low-wealth communities and communities of color. Drawing from decades of experience as dedicated advocates, the speakers will explore the emergency response system’s failure to adequately support these communities and what can be done to make the response more just and equitable.


Extreme Heat

The Extreme Risks of Extreme Heat & Those Who Are Impacted (CME)
May 12, 2023 | Jeannie Economos & Dr. J. Marshall Shepherd

According to the CDC, over 600 people die due to extreme heat-related factors, and thousands more are severely impacted every year. As climate change increases the frequency and length of extreme heat events, more will be affected, therefore, it is vital to know who will be and is most impacted, and what these impacts are. Dr. J. Marshall Shepherd and Jeannie Economos will discuss which populations are most at risk, including farmworkers or those who live in urban heat islands, what factors contribute to these impacts, such as the intersection of urbanization, heat, and health, and what can be done to mitigate and address these effects.


Protecting Public Health: Urban and Rural Heat Resilience Strategies
May 14, 2021 | Dr. Cheryl Holder & Jeannie Economos

As you may know, heat is the leading weather-related killer, causing more deaths to people in cities at the middle latitudes, such as St. Louis, Chicago, and Philadelphia. As global warming continues, the threat to outdoor workers in the South and those without air conditioning is increasing. Our first presenter is Dr. Cheryl Holder. Dr. Holder is a Board certified Internal Medicine physician and faculty member at Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine. Our second presenter is Jeannie Economos. Jeannie is the project coordinator of Pesticide Safety and Environmental Health for the Farmworker Association of Florida.


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