While climate science expertise is growing, so is the need to translate and apply that science into public health practice. To build on existing expertise and partner on solutions, Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and the International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI) is convening a Health and Climate Colloquium from June 8-10 at the IRI headquarters in Palisades, New York. The symposium will serve as a launch pad for a global network of climate and health scientists and policymakers from multinational agencies, government, and the private sector. Representatives attending from more than 25 nations will share cutting-edge health and climate research, the underlying data that’s needed to develop appropriate methodologies for specific problems, and how best to integrate climate science into health decision-making.
The meeting will specifically focus on infectious diseases, nutrition, and the public health outcomes of disasters caused by extreme weather, and outline the tools needed to strengthen health policy and practice in resource-limited settings. The colloquium will also emphasize collaboration and center on the role of schools of public health in conducting research that can feed into public policy.
“In addition to sharing research findings with public health practitioners, we also look forward to discussing plans for the new Global Alliance for Climate Change Education Leadership,” said Dr. Patrick Kinney, director of the School’s Climate and Health program and professor of Environmental Health Sciences.
Established in 2008, the Mailman School’s Climate and Health program is the first such program in a school of public health and is funded in part by the first National Institutes of Health training grant in the field.
In early April, the U.S. government published its first report on climate and health, drawing on several studies by Mailman School faculty. Patrick Kinney, ScD, whose work has been cited by the White House from the administration’s initial exploration of the issue, was a contributing author to a chapter that highlights the health risks of rising temperatures.
The entire event will be available on Livestream here: http://iri.columbia.edu/healthclimate2016/