Call for Public Health Perspectives: Forest Health, Wildfire Smoke, and Public Health

June 22, 2022 | ,   | Contact: Brie LIndsey

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The California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) and Blue Forest Conservation are seeking nominations of public health experts for a peer-reviewed report on the connections between forest health, wildfire smoke, and public health.

CCST’s Costs of Wildfire in California study assessed the economic impacts of wildfire smoke to public and private health systems in the billions of dollars, disproportionately impacting disadvantaged communities. This new study aims to explicitly make the connection between forest management, wildfire smoke, and stakeholders that pay high healthcare costs due to exposure to wildfire smoke to identify potential motivations for investment in activities that reduce wildfire risk.

Please see details below and submit your nominations using Blue Forest’s online form or submit by email at [email protected].

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Toward a Resilient California:
Linking Forest Health, Wildfire Smoke, and Public Health 

Blue Forest and CCST are seeking perspectives from:

  • Healthcare providers in California: Hospital systems, individual hospitals, or hospital associations
  • Health insurance companies
  • Public health entities in California: State, county, or tribal public health agencies or offices

Do you – or does someone you know – work for one of the above types of organizations? Would you be willing to professionally connect this individual to Blue Forest? If so, please fill out the form. Self-nominations and multiple nominations are welcome. We are particularly looking for individuals with experience working on wildfire smoke, forest health, air pollution, respiratory health, climate change planning, environmental stewardship, or sustainability.

The Blue Forest Study Team may reach out to schedule an interview. Interviews will be virtual, last one hour in duration, and take place between July and October 2022.

The study includes funding from the National Forest Foundation, US Endowment for Forestry and Communities, and USDA Forest Service’s Innovative Finance for National Forests (IFNF) grant program.

For more information, see the study’s project page. Learn more about CCST’s Disaster Resilience Initiative.

 

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