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Jul 23, 2018

In episode 70 of America Adapts, Doug Parsons celebrates two years of America Adapts by talking with Dr. Natasha DeJarnett, a policy analyst in the American Public Health Association’s (APHA) Center for Public Health Policy.  Natasha leads the Natural Environment portfolio focusing on water, air and climate change.  Doug and Natasha cover such topics as the role of APHA in addressing climate impacts on public health; environmental justice and equity; the roles of nurses, doctors and clinics in climate building awareness, and much more!

Topics covered:

  • What is APHA’s role and responsibilities in climate change;
  • APHA has identified “Climate change as the greatest public health threat”;
  • Elevating the urgency around climate change through its public health impacts, e.g., less from the Ebola outbreak;
  • Environmental justice and equity and public health;
  • Learning from the Tobacco wars and applying to climate change awareness;
  • Health providers are first line of climate communication with the public;
  • What the Centers for Disease Control is and isn’t doing on climate change;

Dr. Natasha DeJarnett is a graduate of the University of Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky where she completed her PhD in Public Health (2013) and Masters of Public Health (2009), both concentrating in environmental health sciences. As a postdoc at the University, she was awarded a fellowship by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences to investigate cardiovascular risks of air pollution exposures. In 2015, she became the recipient of the prestigious Impact Award from the Society of Toxicology’s Cardiovascular Toxicology Specialty Section for her 2014 paper “Acrolein Exposure is Associated with Increased Cardiovascular Disease Risk.” Dr. DeJarnett was named the 2017 Alumna of the Year for the University of Louisville School of Public Health and Information Sciences and concurrently awarded designation in the class of 2017 Alumni Fellows.

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Download the new report Adaptation in Action: Grantee Success Stories from CDC's Climate and Health Program, Part II, and discover the many ways climate change impacts health at
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