Climate change affects communities differently. With the understanding that more harmful effects are felt more greatly in under-served populations, this research aims to bring people together, across areas of knowledge and experience to help build a stronger understanding of local perception of climate change health impacts. This work is in concert with individuals and community leaders in Wyandotte County as well as the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Led by Shelley Bhattacharya, Associate Professor, Family Medicine and Community Health; Terrianne Lavin, Assistant Teaching Professor in Geography and Atmospheric Science; Beto Lugo, Director of CleanAirNow
- Bring campuses and communities into common conversations to understand real, local climate challenges
- Build connections and partnerships around specific problems and opportunities, and
- Identify funding and other support systems to launch these projects
Connect with Our Work
Each month, this work will include a featured speaker with opportunities for interprofessional conversations. Through this work, we aim to inspire research ideas,and support grassroots initiatives that engage with community members across the state. A series of community discussions can help establish relationships between community residents and leaders, academicians in the humanities and health care providers. These conversations will create a bridge for community-led solutions addressing climate-change health concerns.
12:00-1:00pm - May 9, 2022 | The Commons, KU-Lawrence
12:00-1:00pm - June 13, 2022 | KU Medical Center
12:00-1:00pm - September 12, 2022 | The Commons, KU-Lawrence
12:00-1:00pm - October 17, 2022 | KU Medical Center
12:00-1:00pm - November 14, 2022 | The Commons, KU-Lawrence
12:00-1:00pm - January 23, 2023 | KU Medical Center
These sessions are offered online and in-person. To attend online, use this link to email Alexa Smith.
Join us for a free, outdoor event at KU Medical Center, showcasing organizations, teaching stations, idea booths, native plants, and a raffle.
The Sustainability Challenge is a community-wide contest of sustainable ideas for our campuses. The winner will be chosen by our leadership team and will receive a $1500 stipend to implement their idea.