Climate Change and Human Health in Montana Seminar Series

Climate Change and Human Health in Montana

Montana’s climate is changing in ways that will profoundly affect our state. It’s a global problem with local impacts, including serious threats to our health. To address the implications for Montanans, the Montana Institute on Ecosystems, the American Lung Association, and the UM School of Public and Community Health Sciences hosted a two-part interactive seminar series exploring the ways the health of our families and communities are impacted by climate change.

Between the two sessions, presenters discussed the health effects from things like wildfire smoke exposure and extreme heat; the communities most impacted and how they’re responding; how research and data being done in Montana might help minimize risk; and the need for more research, coordination, and policy action to get ahead of this growing public health crisis.  

Interested in joining the discussion on climate change and human health? Share your information below and we'll keep you up to date with climate and health-related events, projects, and opportunities to engage.

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Seminar Series Details

Part 1: Montana State University - Wednesday, February 27

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Speakers included:

Panel discussion and questions were moderated by Dr. Paul Lachapelle, MSU-Extension - Community Development.

Part 2: University of Montana - Thursday, February 28

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Speakers included:

  • Nick Silverman, Ph.D.; University of Montana
  • Paul Smith, D.O.; Community Medical Center
  • Erin Semmens, Ph.D., M.P.H.; UM School of Public and Community Health Sciences
  • Allison Young, M.D.; Community Medical Center
  • Jennifer Robohm, Ph.D.; UM Family Medicine Residency of Western Montana  - PowerPoint Presentation File
  • Beth Schenk, Ph.D.; St. Patrick Hospital

Panel discussion and questions were moderated by Dr. Laurie Yung, Professor of Natural Resource Social Science in UM's W.A. Franke College of Forestry & Conservation 

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Background

Montana’s climate is changing in ways that will profoundly affect our state. The 2017 Montana Climate Assessment provided detailed analyses of the expected impacts from climate change on Montana waters, forests and agriculture. These three sectors were identified by stakeholder groups as topics of high concern for our economy’s well-being as well as the very essence of Montana. Another sector, one that was not addressed in the first Assessment, unites us even more and potentially has great economic and social consequences: the impact of a changing climate on health. The impacts of climate change on health are many, including increased mortality related to cardiovascular and respiratory conditions and heat stress, increased premature births, spread of infectious disease, and higher morbidity and mortality due to extreme weather event-related gastrointestinal disease, to name but a few. The Montana Climate Assessment suggests that future climate changes in Montana will include more frequent and longer heat waves, minimal changes in average precipitation but more extreme precipitation events alternating with droughts, and reduction in both surface waters and soil moisture from increased evaporation. While the impacts of climate change on human health have recently been discussed at the national level, no effort has yet focused on the health implications for Montanans.

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MSU IoE Office

Montana State University
605 Leon Johnson Hall
Bozeman, MT 59717
(406) 994-2374
MSU Director: Bruce Maxwell

UM IoE Office

The Universityi of Montana

The University of Montana
Davidson Honors College
Missoula, MT 59812
(406) 243-6058
UM Director: Maury Valett

 

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Montana University System

Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education
2500 Broadway Street
Helena, MT 59620
406-444-6570