Thursday, February 1 (Online) &
Friday, February 2, 2024 (In-Person | Berkeley, CA)
Climate change is pressing public health crisis that is already impacting the world of work. Join the Northern California Centers for Occupational and Environmental Health for a deep dive into the chemical, biological, and physical hazards of navigating climate extremes. Learn about the rising prevalence of Valley Fever, a fungal infection caused by inhaling dust or soil particles, particularly in drought-affected regions. Discuss the impacts of rising temperatures on worker safety, heat-related illness, and challenges faced by indoor and outdoor workers including in warehouses, construction, and agriculture. Explore emerging research on the health impacts of wildfire smoke exposure and the role of protective measures, especially for vulnerable populations.
Leverage the convenience of online learning on Thursday, February 1st, and tune in for emerging research and treatment updates, with the opportunity to stream lectures in advance. Then join us in person on Friday, February 2nd, for a networking breakfast, interdisciplinary collaboration roundtable, and small group exercises. Work with peers from medicine, nursing, industrial hygiene, occupational safety, and allied disciplines to apply what you've learned in a case-based approach incorporating upstream prevention, downstream treatment, and the identification of regulatory successes, gaps, and challenges. Finally, practice communicating about these critical health issues to audiences including workers, patients, management, the general public, and policy makers.