National Drought Mitigation Center


CDC webinar on drought and public health Aug. 24

August 20, 2012

When Every Drop Counts: The Public Health Implications of Drought

Friday, August 24, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. EDT

Public health professionals have known for some time about many of the health impacts of climate change. This year, the U.S. is dealing with the most extensive and prolonged drought conditions in more than 50 years. The occurrence of drought-related health impacts is challenging many communities for the first time. This webinar will provide information about the preconditions leading up to the current drought situation, discuss the significant overarching public health issues related to drought, and highlight some of these impacts, focusing on several American Indian and Alaska Native communities. 

This is the first in a four-part series "Drought: When Every Drop Counts" co-sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Environmental Health, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry and the American Public Health Association.

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Rear Adm. Scott Deitchman
Associate Director for Terrorism Preparedness and Emergency Response
National Center for Environmental Health and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry


Martin Kalis, MA
“When Every Drop Counts: Protecting Public Health During Drought Conditions…”
This presentation demonstrates the need for guidance on public health and drought and provides an overview of a comprehensive, public-health-focused document on drought that NCEH developed in 2010.

George Luber, PhD 
“Climate Change and Drought: Implications for Public Health”
This presentation will focus on characterizing the current U.S. drought conditions and reviewing the potential health effects associated with droughts.

Annabelle Allison, BS 
“Drought: Public Health Impacts in American Indian/Alaska Native Communities”
This presentation will discuss impacts of drought in tribal communities (e.g., changes in subsistence lifestyle practices such as hunting and gathering; increased erosion of land leading some Alaska Native Villages to relocate or consider relocating; and the reduction of natural resources for cultural and traditional practices).