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Environmental Health: Air Pollution, COVID-19 & Health Disparities

August 21, 2020 | 12:00 PM
01:00 PM ET

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Clear skies over many of the world’s largest cities became a visible mark of the COVID-19 pandemic as stay at home orders went into place. This has been a stark contrast when considering outdoor air pollution was killing around 4.2 million people worldwide each year.  Researchers in the US have suggested air pollution has significantly worsened the COVID-19 pandemic and potentially led to more deaths than if pollution-free skies were the norm. This webinar will explore how different neighborhoods in the same city can have vastly different air quality and what that means for their residents’ short- and long-term health outcomes.

Speakers will discuss:

  • What contributes to air pollution and how environmental injustice has been highlighted during COVID-19
  • How neighborhoods experiencing environmental injustice face poorer air quality and extreme heat while also bearing the brunt of this pandemic

  • What one health plan foundation is doing to improve air quality and combat asthma in the communities they serve

Speakers

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Charles Lee
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
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Jeremy Hoffman, Ph.D.
Science Museum of Virginia; Virginia Commonwealth University
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Valerie Stewart, MBA
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation
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Josie Williams
Greensboro Housing Coalition, Inc