The Climate-Health Connection Will Blow You Away

climate changeAt the MACo Summer Conference session, “The Climate-Health Connection Will Blow You Away,” learn about the impacts the climate can have on public health and the evidence-based programs county agencies and their community partners are using to mitigate those impacts.

Title: The Climate-Health Connection Will Blow You Away

Description: Variable weather patterns and climate changes are increasingly affecting animal populations, water tables, septic systems and the ecosystems that support them. As a result, more cases of waterborne illnesses such as salmonella, dysentery and vibrio as well as diseases carried by fleas, ticks and mosquitoes such as Lyme disease, Dengue Fever and West Nile virus, have been diagnosed. Coupled with increased focus on development and managing its impact on humans, animals and the environment, the connection between climate and health has never been more ripe for evidence-based intervention. This session will discuss what indicators jurisdictions are seeing and opportunities for mitigation that public health and other critical partners can implement.


  • Sara L. Trescott, Environmental Health Director, Washington County
  • Amir Sapkota, PhD, Professor, Director, Exposome Small Molecule Core Facility, University of Maryland School of Public Health, Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health
  • Robyn M. Nadolny, PhD, Biologist and Program Coordinator, Tick-Borne Disease Laboratory, Army Public Health Center
  • Tom Burke, Professor, Dept of Health Policy & Management, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Moderator: The Honorable Andrew Cassilly, Maryland House of Delegates

Date/Time: Thursday, August 15, 2019; 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

The MACo Summer Conference will be held August 14-17 at the Roland Powell Ocean City Convention Center. This year’s theme is “Winds of Change.”

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