Air Quality & Health Workshop

2019 Air Quality workshop

16th Annual Air Quality and Health Workshop

Wildfire Smoke: A Growing Threat to Air Quality and Public Health

Wildfires are becoming more frequent and intense as the global climate changes. Smoke from these fires causes episodes of the worst air quality that many populations will ever experience, sometimes lasting for weeks or months.

The first part of the proposed workshop is intended to summarize the current state of the evidence on wildfire smoke generation, composition, toxicity, exposure assessment, and health impacts. The second part will focus on wildfire smoke exposures in a changing climate, effective individual and community interventions to protect health, and critical evidence gaps.

We sat down with our Air Quality and Health Workshop presenters to learn a bit more about their topics. Watch the interviews here.

Wildfire Smoke: A Growing Threat to Air Quality and Public Health

Sarah Henderson, BC Centre for Disease Control

Wildfire, Fuels and Management in Canada

Mike Flannigan, University of Alberta

Comparative Toxicity of Biomass Smoke from Different Fuels and Combustion Conditions

Ian Gilmour, University of North Carolina/Environmental Protection Agency

Epidemiological Evidence of Wildfire Smoke Health Impacts

Colleen Reid, University of Colorado Boulder

Population Exposure Assessment for Wildfire Smoke

Bonne Ford, Colorado State University

Population Health Surveillance and Forecasting for Wildfire Smoke

Angela Yao, University of British Columbia

Public Health Response at a Small Community Scale

Sarah Coefield, Missoula City-County Health Department

Personal-Protection Interventions During Wildfire Smoke Events

Robert D. Brook, University of Michigan

Evidence for Community Protection Policies

John R. Balmes, University of California, San Francisco and Berkeley

Protecting Populations into the Climate Future

Glen Okrainetz





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