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 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.  

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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