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Climate change is not a distant threat; it’s happening here and now with serious consequences for human health across the Midwest. The Minnesota Department of Health’s (MDH) Climate and Health Program has a national reputation for applying traditional public health methods to this cutting-edge topic as well as creating and advancing new approaches for building scenarios of vulnerability and risk to inform adaptation strategies. This session will describe climate trends and threats specific to the Midwest and Minnesota, associated health concerns, and examples of MDH’s work to advance adaptation efforts.

Dr. Brenda Hoppe, MN Dept. of Health

Brenda Hoppe is a research scientist with the Minnesota Department of Health’s Climate and Health Program where she studies climate change impacts on the health and well-being of Minnesotans and assists with developing climate adaptation strategies for communities across the state. Current research interests include modeling future extremes in rainfall and impacts on drinking water, methods for using climate projection data in public health applications, telecommuting as a climate and health mitigation and adaptation strategy, and solastalgia related to winter season loss. She earned her doctorate in Environmental Public Health and Toxicology at Oregon State University where her research focused on modeling nitrate exposures in private well water. Before coming to Minnesota, Dr. Hoppe worked for the Oregon Health Authority as a climate and health epidemiologist as well as a human health risk assessor in the private sector. Return to Conference Schedule