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Sep 2016
Savannah North

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September is National Preparedness Month! But How Can We Prepare for Climate Change Together?

Every September emergency preparedness organizations from FEMA to your local Fire Department make a point of trying to draw public attention to the need to “Get Ready” for everything from hurricanes, floods, wildfires, earthquakes, heat waves, power outages and human caused disasters like terrorist attacks. September is National Preparedness Month.

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Aug 2016
Savannah North

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Happy and Healthy Centennial, National Parks!

John Muir, Theodore Roosevelt, and Stephen Mather were champions for the establishment and preservation of the National Park Service, believing that the natural beauty of the United States landscape should be protected and preserved for future generations. However, they could never have predicted within a century the extent to which climate change would threaten these national treasures. Read on to learn how climate change is impacting National Parks, human health, and what can be done to combat it.

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Aug 2016
Savannah North

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Agricultural Workers and Extreme Heat in the Age of Climate Change

Jaime Nuño-Sanchez died on September 21, 2015 in Thermal, CA after taking a break from picking lemons; the apparent temperature was 105. Nuño-Sanchez was a seasoned picker with 30 years of experience working in the Coachella Valley, yet he still succumbed to the heat, leaving behind his wife and three children. Read on to learn more about agricultural workers and extreme heat in the age of climate change.

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Aug 2016
Bryan Moy

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Wildfires and Public Health: A View from the Front Lines

Currently, 10 states are battling large wildfires, such as California’s Sand Fire (>37,000 acres burned) and Sobranes Fire (>23,000 acres burned). Read on to learn more about how wildfires impact public health, and public health systems.  

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Aug 2016
Keanan McGonigle

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Medical students must act on climate change

Climate change is already impacting the health of people around the world. As future healthcare practitioners, medical students have an obligation to act to mitigate climate change and protect the health of their future patients. They can lead the charge in reducing emissions and bending the curve on warming in many ways – this blog has some suggestions on how to get started!

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May 2016
Bryan Moy

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Protecting Employees During Extreme Heat Events

Did you know that extreme heat events (EHEs), or “heat waves,” kill more people in the United States than hurricanes, earthquakes, lightening, and floods combined?

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Apr 2016
Bryan Moy

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Storms and Pacific Island Nations

In April of 2014, tropical storm Ita drenched the Western Pacific. Two and a half feet of rain fell through the Solomon Islands over the four-day disaster, bursting river banks and causing mud-heavy flash floods. Twenty-two people died and over 10,000 people were displaced. Hundreds of homes were destroyed along with subsistence food gardens. The economic impact of the floods was valued at $107.8 million USD – approximately 9.2 percent of the Solomon Island’s gross domestic product (GDP).

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Jan 2016
Neil Maizlish

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Drought in the Central Valley

When Dave Rozell became the Public Health Emergency Preparedness Manager for a small local health department, the last thing he expected was that he would be working 24/7 to provide water to over 5,000 residents whose faucets ran dry. But in Tulare County, CA, an unrelenting drought is stressing the local economy and causing an unprecedented level of hardship.

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Dec 2014
 

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Web Forum: Climate Change, Equity and Health: How Funders Can Make a Difference

Climate change is a known “threat multiplier,” posing the greatest danger for communities already bearing the burden of health and environmental challenges. On December 16, PHI partnered with Grantmakers in Health, the Health and Environmental Funders Network, and the Convergence Partnership to for a funders-only briefing on climate change, equity, and health.

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Nov 2014
 

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PHI hosts People, Power, Change at APHA

PHI’s CA Convergence and RAMP co-hosted #PeoplePowerChange, a free public speaker series about resilience and community health, at the APHA annual conference. Check out photos from the event and learn more.

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