Implications of the California Wildfires for Health, Communities, and Preparedness: A Workshop
The workshop will be hosted by four activities in the Health and Medicine Division – the Roundtable on the Promotion of Health Equity, the Forum on Medical and Public Health Preparedness for Disasters and Emergencies, the Roundtable on Population Health Improvement, and the Roundtable on Environmental Health Science, Research, and Medicine. The workshop’s objectives will include: 1) Assist in the identification of the current scale and probability of subsequent wildfires in high risk regions in the West, including but not exclusively in the state of California 2) Describe and define potential disproportionate deleterious outcomes on vulnerable populations in the geographic areas identified 3) Explore the residual and chronic health consequences resulting from wild fires, including respiratory and cardiovascular disease caused by released atmospheric particulate matter, housing displacement, and post traumatic psychological distress 4) Identify challenges resulting from the increased scale and population of the urban-wildland interface, and explore opportunities to increase community and individual preparedness in the face of the wildfire threat 5) Suggest opportunities for improved institutional and government actions and steps to mitigate the adverse and disproportionate impact of wildfires on vulnerable populations, including community preparedness, resilience and capacity building before, during, and after wildfires. For more information, please click here. Please note that events listed in the “Events You May Like” section may not associated with or endorsed by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.