The Health Emergency of Our Changing Climate Part 2: Evolving Public Health Strategies in the 21st Century

Virtual Format (Online)
Tuesdays, October 20 - December 8
7:00 to 8:30 pm PT

Course Co-Chairs

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Katherine Gundling, MD FACP
Professor Emerita
Allergy and Immunology, Internal Medicine
Office of Sustainability: Director of Academic Engagement
UC San Francisco

Robin Cooper, MD
Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry
University of California, San Francisco


Course Description

In Part One of this series, we examined the effects of global warming on individual patient health. We now shift the lens to a broader public health perspective. With a view toward community, institutional and population health, UCSF faculty and renowned leaders first teach us fundamental principles of public health, challenges in climate health and science communication, and the big picture of global warming effects on populations. Public health experts then describe forward-looking efforts in community resilience and disaster preparedness, and sustainability leaders highlight examples of UCSF’s actions to reduce its own large carbon footprint. We end by exploring climate solutions that also present opportunities for improvement in human disease and health inequalities.

Lecture Schedule

No classes scheduled on November 3rd and November 24th for this series

PLEASE NOTE: Schedule or speakers may change on short notice

Date Title Speaker(s) Presentations Session Replay
October 20, 2020

“Normal” is Not Coming Back! 
Population Thinking Can Make the Next “Normal” Better For All

Richard Jackson, MD, MPH, Professor emeritus, Fielding School of Public Health, UCLA  Download Slides UCTV Video
October 27, 2020 Politics and Division: 
The Sociology of Climate Change and Science Denial 

Gina Solomon, MD, MPH, Clinical Professor of Medicine, UCSF 

Connie Roser-Renouf, PhD, Center for Climate Communication, George Mason University  

Greg Dalton, Founder, Climate One/Commonwealth Club of San Francisco

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November 10, 2020 Population Health Risks of a Changing Climate  Kristie L. Ebi, Ph.D., MPH,  Center for Change and the Global Environment  University of Washington  Download Slides UCTV Video
November 17, 2020 1) Modernizing Community Resilience

Louise Bedsworth, PhD, ED California Strategic Growth Council

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  2) Modernizing Disaster Preparedness

Naveena Bobba, MD, MPH, Deputy Director of Public Health, San Francisco Department of Public Health

Matt Wolff, MA, Climate and Health Program Manager  Population Health Division, San Francisco Department of Public Health 

December 1, 2020 Looking in the Mirror:
The Impact of Health (Care) on Climate 

Seema Gandhi, MD. Associate Professor of Anesthesia, UCSF 

Gail Lee, MS, Sustainability Director, UCSF and UCSF Health 

Josh Karliner, Health Care Without Harm. International Director of Program and Strategy

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December 8, 2020 Good Solutions Solve Multiple Problems: 
Shared Solutions to Global Warming, Human Disease and Health Inequities 

Chad Frischmann, PhD, Vice President and Director of Research, Drawdown

Project Panelists: 
Ndola Prata, MD, MSc, Professor in Residence, Maternal and Child Health, UCB

Vincanne Adams, PhD, Professor of Anthropology, History and Social Medicine, UCSF 

Richard Jackson, MD, MPH, Fielding School of Public Health, UCLA 


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