Burning Down the House: Health Impacts of Climate Change
You are invited! Dr. Michael Brauer, Hallah Kassem and Dr. Angela Yao will be giving a presentation on Friday, October 27, 2023.
Presentation: Burning Down the House: Health Impacts of Climate Change
In-person: B104, School of Population and Public Health, 2206 East Mall, Vancouver, BC Canada V6T 1Z3
If attending on Zoom, please see below for the meeting link and details.
Meeting ID: 642 0054 1206
About the presentation
This presentation will provide an overview of recent research related to climate change and health with a focus on two hazards of primary importance in Canada – wildfire smoke and extreme heat. Dr. Brauer will summarize work on wildfire smoke and temperature global health impacts and describe a local climate vulnerability mapping tool developed for regional health authorities. Hallah Kassem will describe her MSc research on extreme heat impacts for children in Ontario – the most comprehensive study of its kind conducted to date in Canada. Dr. Yao will provide an overview of the extensive research conducted in British Columbia on wildfire smoke and its population health impacts. Together, the presenters will also provide a short overview of new UBC research initiatives related to climate change and its health impacts.
About the presenters
Michael Brauer is a Professor at SPPH and a Principal Research Scientist and Affiliate Professor at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington, where he leads the Environmental, Occupational and Dietary Risk Factors team for the Global Burden of Disease. His research focuses on linkages between the built environment and human health, with specific interest in the global health impacts of air pollution, the relationships between multiple exposures mediated by urban form and population health, and health impacts of a changing climate.
Hallah Kassem is an Environmental Health Scientist at the BC Centre for Disease Control with the Climate Preparedness and Adaptation Program. Her work uses spatial analyses to identify populations in BC that are highly vulnerable to the effects of climate change. She is a UBC SPPH alumna having earned her MSc in Population and Public Health with a thesis examining the effects of extreme heat on child health.
Angela Yao is an Adjunct Professor at SPPH and a Senior Scientist at the Environmental Health Services at the BC Centre for Disease Control . A PhD graduate of SPPH, Dr Yao leads the Climate Preparedness and Adaptation Program, supporting regional and provincial public health partners in climate adaptation with data and scientific evidence. She has been working on research, surveillance and knowledge translation on the population health impacts of wildfire smoke for over 10 years.