The public and businesses are invited to a free virtual conference on climate change and health

PUBLISHED: April 4, 2022

The public and businesses are invited to attend a free virtual conference on climate change and health

Climate change, its impact on people’s health and the bottom line of local businesses, is the focus of this year’s free Place Matters conference hosted by Clatsop CHART (Community Health Advocacy Resource Team) and the County of Public Health Department of Clatsop.

The virtual event takes place Tuesday, April 19 through Thursday, April 21 and features presentations by local Oregon health experts, researchers, and food producers.

Smoke from wildfires, allergies, the impacts of weather on agriculture – climate change can affect our health in so many ways.

“Every day we live with the impacts of climate change on our North Shore and our food systems,” said Clatsop County Health Promotion Specialist Emily Reilly. “It affects the air we breathe, causing more allergy problems for people and making it harder for commercial and recreational fishers and food producers. This free conference is one way to raise awareness about climate change and its impact on our health, well-being and the food we enjoy.

Three one-hour presentations will cover different aspects of the link between climate change and health. People can participate in one, two or all presentations.

Conference Registration

Presentations will include question and answer sessions. A recording of the conference will be posted on the Clatsop Public Health website.

PROGRAM

Tuesday, April 19, 4-5 p.m.

Kim Tham, Oregon Health Authority Climate and Health Program

This holistic analysis session provides insight into the impact of climate change on our health, well-being, and food supply in Clatsop County.

Wed. April 20, 12 p.m.-1 p.m.

“Climate Change and Infrastructure on the North Coast”

Nicole Everett, Univ. of Washington & Cascadia Coastlines & Peoples Hazards Research Lab

Erica Fleishman, Oregon State University. & Oregon Climate Change Research Institute

We’re experiencing more flooding, breathing more dangerous, smoky air from wildfires, and battling heat domes that bring abnormally hot summer days. One of the culprits is the growing Pacific Warm Blob. Learn more about BLOB and how climate change is impacting the daily lives of people and businesses in Clatsop County, emergency preparedness, and what our future might look like.

Thursday, April 21, 4-5 p.m.

“Local food systems and agriculture”

Mike and Eryn Domeyer, Tre-Fin Foods

Teresa Retzlaff, 46 North Farms | Jessika Tantisook, North Coast Food Network

Living in Clatsop County means easy access to fresh food, however, climate change is straining our food supply. Local food producers will share how climate change is affecting their businesses, the availability of fresh food, and your grocery bill.

Place Matters Clatsop County participates in the Place Matters Oregon project, which recognizes the connection between where we live and our health. Place Matters Clatsop County began in 2019 due to interest from various community partners in finding better ways to ensure healthy outcomes for all residents.

Place Matters Oregon is an effort of the Public Health Division of the Oregon Health Authority. The goals are to foster conversations about how place affects our health and inspire collective action that will make healthy living accessible to all Oregonians. Clatsop County is the only county that holds an annual local conference.

“The places where we live, work, learn, play and grow old are important to our physical, mental and emotional health. Much can be done in Oregon communities to ensure everyone has the opportunity to live a long and healthy life. When we help people make healthy choices, we help prevent chronic diseases that diminish individuals’ lives and our state’s vitality,” Reilly said.

The Oregon Health Authority’s Division of Public Health is dedicated to promoting health and preventing the leading causes of death, disease, and injury in our state. We do this by creating environments, policies and systems that support healthy communities and the well-being of all, including access to healthy food, physical activity, vaccinations, clean water and clean air.

For more information, please visit the Public Health Division website.

Clatsop CHART works collaboratively with community members to influence policies, systems, and environmental change to improve the overall health of Clatsop County residents

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