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Your Environment. Your Health.

Wildfires & Human Health

Partnerships for Environmental Public Health (PEPH)

November 17, 2017


This webinar highlighted the impacts of wildfires on the health of vulnerable individuals and on those communities exposed periodically to such events. In addition to children and aging populations, wildfires pose particular risk to those with respiratory and allergic conditions, those with chronic diseases, those reliant on medical devices, and those with a lower socioeconomic status who may not have the means or ability to evacuate from threatened areas. The presentations covered how the environmental exposures associated with wildfires affect human health and discussed approaches being used to develop targeted risk communication about wildfires for a variety of audiences.



Rima Habre

Rima Habre, Sc.D., received her doctorate in environmental health from Harvard University in 2012 and is currently an Assistant Professor of Clinical Preventive Medicine at the University of Southern California. She assesses environmental health exposures, specifically air pollution, and investigates their health effects on vulnerable populations. Her research interests revolve around methods for improving human exposure assessment to complex air pollution mixtures, including the use of cutting-edge, real-time environmental and geo-location sensors and contextual data integration methods to investigate environmental links to disease.

Remy Landon

Remy Landon, M.P.H. received her master of public health degree this past May from Emory University and now works as a Project Specialist in the University of Southern California’s Department of Preventive Medicine. She is currently working on USC’s new disaster research program and IRB rapid response protocols.

Chris Migliaccio

Chris Migliaccio, Ph.D., Pharm.D., received his Ph.D. in immunology from the University of California, Davis in 2000 and his Pharm.D. from the University of Montana in 2016. Upon earning his Pharm.D., he was awarded the Excellence in Public Health Pharmacy from the U.S. Public Health Service. Dr. Migliaccio has been a member of the research faculty of the University of Montana’s School of Pharmacy since 2008, and he is also the Director of the Inhalation and Pulmonary Physiology Core facility in the Center for Environmental Health Sciences. His interests in respiratory health extend to asthma education, exposures to wood smoke, nanoparticles exposures, and vaccinations. He has published more than twenty journal articles and chapters on immunology and respiratory research and was awarded a grant from the American Lung Association for work on the effects of wood smoke exposure to respiratory immunity. He currently serves on the editorial board of Inhalation Toxicology.

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