Transforming Health Care Through Evidence and Collaboration
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Environmental Health: Air Pollution, COVID-19 & Health Disparities

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

Environmental Health Graphic

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


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