Intersection of climate and health topic of June 18 talk

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Intersection of climate and health topic of June 18 talk

The potential effects of changing climate and extreme weather events on the overall health of the public will be the topic of a free public lecture June 18 at the East Union.

Jeff Phillips, the climate and health program manager for the Wisconsin Department of Health Services Bureau of Environmental and Occupational Health, will deliver “The Intersection of Climate and Health: Connecting Historical Trends to Current Public Health Opportunities — Lessons from the Wisconsin BRACE Program” at 3 p.m. in the Great Plains Room.

Phillips will review climate trends and projections, and consider the potential health impacts caused by climate and extreme weather. The presentation will also provide an overview of the Wisconsin Building Resilience Against Climate Effects program and offer considerations in this area for Nebraska.

A Wisconsin registered sanitarian since 1988, Phillips has 28 years of local environmental health experience. Under the BRACE grant supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, his projects are leading a national effort to engage and assist states, cities and local public health agencies to understand climate change projections, identify environmental impacts, estimate the potential burden of disease related to climate change and prepare adaptation plans for climate and extreme weather events.

Phillips’ talk is sponsored by the University of Nebraska Public Policy Center, UNL College of Arts and Sciences through the Thomas C. Sorensen Endowment, the National Drought Mitigation Center, and the Public Health Association of Nebraska.

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