The Top 5 Reasons You Won’t Want to Miss Our Learning Institute

By path2positive

This year’s American Public Health Association Annual Meeting will take place in Denver from October 29 - November 2. Learning Institutes are half- or full-day courses that give learners the chance to participate in a more intense and interactive educational experience. This year, Climate for Health is co-organizing a Learning Institute entitled: “Climate Change and Health: Building Your Expertise and Leadership for a 21st Century Climate for Health.” Additional co-organizers include: Natural Resources Defense Council, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the National Institutes of Health. Here’s why you won’t want to miss it:

1. It’s all about climate and health. You’re a health professional who cares about climate change – this session was designed with you in mind. This 2016 Learning Institute will provide a platform for public health professionals to share thoughts and opinions and build assessment and communication skills around climate change and health in a mutually self-enriching, non-judgmental environment, through formal and informal sharing of content, skill building activities, and sufficient time to address participant questions.

2. Receive focused instruction on the ways climate change affects public health. The Institute will highlight effective communication techniques on climate change and health by delving into talking points, strategy, and messaging, using Climate for Health’s Let’s Talk Health and Climate guide. Panelists will teach participants how to put this knowledge into public health practice.

3. Get the tools you need to successfully engage on climate. Learn how to describe how to access local climate-health vulnerabilities and inform preparedness efforts. Leverage information and develop hands-on exercises from material and quantitative assessments in the new 2016 Climate and Health Assessment from the US Global Change Research Program (USGCRP).

4. Hear from top faculty working on climate and health issues across the country. Panelists include:                  

  • Kim Knowlton, DrPH, Assistant Clinical Professor, Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health; Senior Scientist, Science Center Deputy Director, Natural Resources Defense Council
  • Patrick L. Kinney, ScD, Professor, Environmental Health Sciences, Climate and Health Program Director, Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health
  • Charles B. Beard, PhD, Associate Director for Climate Change and Chief of the Bacterial Diseases Branch, Division of Vector-Borne Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • John M. Balbus, MD MPH, Senior Advisor for Public Health, Office of the Director, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
  • Meighen Speiser, Chief Engagement Officer, ecoAmerica
  • Jennifer Tabola, Climate for Health Program Director, ecoAmerica

5. Network with your peers. The APHA Annual Meeting brings together thousands of key public health professionals. Our Learning Institute will attract a focused group of those professionals interested in honing in on climate issues. Annual Meeting participants work at the global and national levels, including past surgeons general and heads of health organizations around the world; at the state and tribal levels including leaders from state and local health departments; in the education of the next leaders in public health, including professors and deans from the leading public health schools and programs; and on the ground each day. There’s no better way to connect with people who care about the same issues you do then by engaging with them in person.

Here's the Scoop

LI1005: Climate Change and Health:

Building Your Expertise and Leadership for a 21st-Century Climate for Health

October 29, 2016 from 9:00 am-5:00 pm

Colorado Convention Center

700 14th Street

Denver, CO 80202

To Register: Learning Institutes are not included in the Annual Meeting registration fee but can be purchased through the Annual Meeting registration process.



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