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UNMC Research Seminar: Drought and Public Health: A Roadmap for Advancing Engagement and Preparedness

Oct 30
October 30, 2023
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Sunrise over NYC during Canadian Wildfire Smoke Event, from Hoboken, NJ. Image credit: Brian Youchak, Shutterstock,.

On Monday, October 30, the University of Nebraska Medical Center's Water, Climate & Health Program hosted a webinar on "Drought and Health: A Roadmap for Advancing Engagement and Preparedness."

Drought is one of the costliest and deadliest climate-related disasters in the United States, necessitating public health engagement at a national level. Although drought is not typically thought of as a health hazard, the pathways to human health outcomes are prevalent and numerous. 

To better understand these pathways, and actions that could be taken to reduce health impacts associated with drought, Jesse Bell, PhD, and Rachel Lookadoo, JD, of the Water, Climate & Health Program worked in partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA's) National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) to develop the nation's first comprehensive assessment of drought and health.

This presentation described the years-long process of developing the report, insights into the connection between drought events and human health impacts, and key opportunities and recommended actions to advance drought and public health engagement and preparedness.

Visit the event website to view presentation slides and a video recording of the webinar.