November 10, 2021 2:00 pm / 3:00 pm


Pic of JuneHeat waves are projected to increase in frequency and severity with climate change. Outdoor working populations are at risk of adverse health effects from heat. Comprehensively approaching prevention can be challenging, as risk factors occur at multiple levels, from land use to community, workplace, interpersonal, and individual factors, and on different time scales. In this talk, Dr. Spector will offer a multi-level framework of adaptation to heat for outdoor workers. She will present examples from epidemiologic, field experimental, and modelling studies in the Western United States and Indonesia to stimulate discussion of promising approaches to prevent adverse health effects from heat for working populations.

Dr. Spector is a physician-scientist with a focus on the prevention and management of adverse health outcomes related to heat exposure and other climate-related hazards in working populations. She is actively engaged in interdisciplinary research to evaluate health benefits of conservation interventions to inform progress toward sustainable development and climate goals. She has been a faculty member at the University of Washington since 2012 and holds appointments in the Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences (DEOHS) and Medicine (General Internal Medicine). She is the Director of Occupational & Environmental Medicine at the University of Washington and Assistant Chair for Occupational Medicine Partnerships in DEOHS.

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