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Brutal Heat, Bad Air and Bugs: How Climate Change Will Harm Health in Multnomah County

October 9, 2013


October 9, 2013 -- On Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013 at 12 p.m., the Multnomah County Health Department will issue the first-of its kind report on health impacts of climate change in Portland and the surrounding area.The “Climate Change and Public Health Preparation Plan,’’ will be released at a noon news conference at the Baltazar Ortiz Community Center, 6736 NE Killingsworth in Portland.

“For the first time, we’ve identified the specific health concerns that will help our community plan and adapt to conditions ahead,’’ said Health Officer Justin Denny.

The report was one of the key steps agreed upon in the Multnomah County/City of Portland Action Plan. Among the findings:

·        Heat waves are becoming more common and can have an even greater effect in an historically mild climate.

·        Air pollution will worsen and harm health.

·        Mosquito season isexpected to grow longer and new, disease-bearing species, are expected to move in as a result.

Please join Multnomah County Commissioner Loretta Smith; Health Officer Dr. Justin Denny; Ben Duncan, Multnomah County Health Equity Initiative;Nabil Zaghloul,manager of Bienestar De La Familia program; and residents of the Cully neighborhood to learn more about this groundbreaking plan.

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What :  Climate Change and Public Health Preparation Plan press conference

When: 12 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013

Where: Baltazar Ortiz Community Center, 6736 NE Killingsworth, Portland, OR, 97218