Concurrent Session B2 - Planning and Implementing a Climate Change Adaption Action Plan for Effective Public Health Communications: Lessons from the Community Advocacy COPE Group and the California Wildfires

Public health professionals can create climate adaptation action plans to organize and support key community stakeholders in implementing and evaluating actions adapting to climate change for effective health communication and improved public health outcomes.Using the example of COPE, a grassroots effort built upon the concept of “neighbor helping neighbor” to engage communities in emergency preparedness education, advocacy and planning, we show how a community group has organized to prepare for and collaborate during future wildfires in Northern California for public health and safety.

Molly Brown, PhD

Molly Brown, PhD, MPH, serves as the Assistant Dean and Assistant Educator, Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice at Wichita State University. Her experience is in community health includes developing community-based programs focusing on health issues from tobacco cessation and use prevention, maternal child health education, childhood obesity prevention, to expanding access to vaccinations for children. Dr. Brown has strong interests in program development and evaluation, using strategies to engage the community in all areas to improve health outcomes.

Valerie Smith, PhD, MPH, CHES®

  • Valerie J. Smith, PhD, MPH, CHES is a faculty member in Health Sciences at California State University, East Bay. She holds a PhD in Communication Studies, a Master of Public Health from UC Berkeley, and is a graduate of Yale's Climate Change and Health Certificate program. Dr. Smith conducts qualitative research with Northern California wildfire survivors on communication gaps and health inequities. She teaches a variety of courses, including community health, health humanities, and qualitative research.

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Concurrent Session B2 - Planning and Implementing a Climate Change Adaption Action Plan for Effective Public Health Communications
10/13/2020 at 3:30 PM (EDT)   |  45 minutes
10/13/2020 at 3:30 PM (EDT)   |  45 minutes
Evaluation
13 Questions
CECH/CPH CE Credit
0.75 Entry CECH/CPH CE Credit credits  |  No certificate available
0.75 Entry CECH/CPH CE Credit credits  |  No certificate available