Climate Action: A Powerful Prescription to Improve Health and Equity

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Climate Action: A Powerful Prescription to Improve Health and Equity

Join us to gain a deeper understanding of the health impacts of climate change—and what you can do—from Harvard researcher Dr. Renee Salas.

By University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication

When and where

Date and time

Wednesday, April 5 · 5 - 7:30pm PDT


University of Oregon, EMU, Redwood Auditorium 1395 University of Oregon Eugene, OR 97403

About this event

  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Mobile eTicket

Register for the in-person event on the UO campus, hosted by the UO School of Journalism and Communication, or watch the livestream at

Climate change threatens all that we care about. It is already contributing to disease and death—specially in those who are the most vulnerable. During this engaging talk and audience Q&A, Dr. Renee Salas will discuss the need for an equitable transition away from fossil fuels as the fundamental prescription to improve health and equity both now and in the future. She will highlight how communication and storytelling that places health and equity at the center of the climate change discussion is a powerful way to make the crisis personal and the benefits tangible.

About the Speaker

Renee Salas, MD, MPH, MS, is a recognized expert on climate change and its implications for health and health care delivery. She holds a variety of appointments across Harvard University and is a practicing physician in emergency medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. She has led endeavors with the world’s top general medical journals, including spearheading work with The New England Journal of Medicine Group and founding and leading the Working Group for the Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change Brief for the United States, serving as senior author in 2022. Dr. Salas was elected to the National Academy of Medicine for her work, an honorific society that is considered one of the highest honors in the field of health and medicine.

About Our Sponsors

Sponsored by the Center for Science Communication Research (SCR) and co-sponsored by the Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact, the UO Environment Initiative, and the Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies, this lecture is part of the UO School of Journalism and Communication’s annual Richard W. and Laurie Johnston Lecture series, which brings professionals to campus for thought-provoking lectures, workshops, and discussions about the thorny issues today’s journalists and communicators face.

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