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Blue Skies with Green Allies: A Role for All Sectors in Environmental Health is a Course

Blue Skies with Green Allies: A Role for All Sectors in Environmental Health

Started Feb 9, 2017

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Full course description

These recordings originated at the UM SPH Office of Public Health Practice's 2015 Community Health Leadership Summit held on September 16, 2015 at the University of Michigan. This event brought cross-sector leaders together to discuss emerging public health issues and strategies to address them. Specifically, the day focused on environmental health with an emphasis on climate change.

Sessions include:
  • Opening by Adam London, Health Officer at the Kent County Health Department, that describes the evolution and impetus of a focus on environmental health.
  • Keynote presentation by George Heartwell, Mayor of Grand Rapids, MI entitled "Compassionate Leadership for Climate Change". Moderated by Sandra Svoboda, WDET-FM Special Assignments Manager.
  • Municipal and community-based perspectives on environmental health action
  • A Detroit youth-based program described by Donele Wilkins of the Green Door Initiative
  • The emphasis on communication during the 2014 Toledo, OH water crisis by Stacy Weber, Public Information Officer for Toledo
  • A discussion on opportunities to engage from the foundation perspective by Lois DeBacker of the Kresge Foundation

Public health administrators, managers, and other professionals working in local government, community-based settings, and elsewhere.

Learning Objectives
  • Describe environmental public health as it relates to health outcomes
  • Discuss the use of partnerships for community climate resilience
  • Identify strategies to communicate environmental health risk across sectors through the example of a climate change issue
  • Identify interventions to address climate change and health
Continuing Education Credit

This course is not offered for credit or certificate of completion.


The Community Health Leadership Summit was sponsored by the UM SPH Office of Public Health Practice and its Michigan Public Health Training Center, which is a part of the Region V Great Lakes Public Health Training Collaborative.

This project was supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UB6HP27881 Region V Public Health Training Collaborative (total award amount $825,634). This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.