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Field Epi Response to the Climate and Health Crisis: Maternal & Child Health

July 26, 2023 @ 8:00 am - 9:30 am EDT

Field Epi Response to the Climate and Health Crisis: Maternal & Child Health

Globally, maternal and child health outcomes are significantly impacted both directly and indirectly by climate change. The presence of climate-related stressors can result in negative health effects, such as miscarriages, low birth weights, malnutrition, and respiratory illnesses. Furthermore, climate emergencies can hinder access to crucial sexual and reproductive health services.

Join us to learn about the impact of climate change on maternal and child health and how FETPs can respond to meet the needs of this population.


The World Health Organization has identified climate change as “the single biggest health threat facing humanity,” resulting in a myriad of adverse effects on human health and global health systems. As temperatures rise around the globe, the world is seeing an increase in climate-related events that result not only in infrastructure and environmental damage, but also outbreaks of communicable and noncommunicable diseases across immediate and long-term time-scales.

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These realities call for more health professionals trained in detecting and responding to climate-related health threats. TEPHINET, in partnership with the Global Consortium on Climate and Health Education, the International Association of National Public Health Institutes (IANPHI), the UK Health Security Agency, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, recently formed a working group to improve training and awareness on climate and health for field epidemiologists to address this need. The TEPHINET Climate and Health Working Group aims to sensitize Field Epidemiology Training Programs (FETPs), and FETP residents and graduates, to issues surrounding climate and health, increase awareness of available climate and health training and resources, and eventually integrate climate and health into the FETP curriculum and core competencies.

To learn more about the working group and this initiative, check out this video:


The monthly sessions will take place every fourth Wednesday and feature presentations from climate health experts, and FETP trainees and alumni who have worked on climate-related topics including heat related illness, hurricanes, floods, air pollution, and more.

More Information: https://www.publichealth.columbia.edu/research/centers/global-consortium-climate-health-education/events/field-epi-response-climate-health-crisis

Register: https://taskforce-org.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIsceyopjsjHNfa_8-yUbZfVVWAPaHbayoP#/registration


July 26, 2023
8:00 am - 9:30 am EDT
Event Category:


Global Consortium on Climate and Health Education
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