University of Washington School of Public Health

UW SPH Podcast: Dean Howard Frumkin Speaks about Climate Change and Public Health

Dean Howard Frumkin Speaks about Climate Change and Public Health

Released: May 23,2011
Running time: 1 hour, 02 minutes
Howard Frumkin

In 2009, the U.S. Global Change Research Program concluded that climate changes in the United States are occurring now, are projected to grow in the future, and will likely place stress on the nation's water supply and crop productivity, as well as increase risks to human health. How will climate change impact public health and how can we mitigate and adapt to what The Lancet called, "the biggest global health threat of the 21st century"? Dean Frumkin is an internist, environmental and occupational medicine specialist, and epidemiologist. Prior to becoming the Dean of the UW School of Public Health, he worked at the CDC, first as director of the National Center for Environmental Health and Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry and later as Special Assistant to the CDC Director for Climate Change and Health. His research interests include climate change and health, including adaptation strategies; environmental and occupational health policy, especially regarding minority workers and communities, and those in developing nations; and the public health aspects of urban sprawl and the built environment. He is an expert in climate change and public health and we are thrilled he is speaking to the UW community about this critical issue.