"Climate Change and Public Health: Addressing the Growing Crisis"

Saturday, September 21, 2019   9:30 AM – 4:00 PM

A free public educational workshop program in Morgantown, West Virginia


Thank you to everyone who contributed to making this a great event!





Topics include Physical and Mental Health Impacts, Disaster Preparedness, Resiliency and Adaptation, and more.

Economic, physical, and mental injuries from changing and extreme weather, heat waves, flooding, drought and bad air quality – as well as dangerous political and national security impacts from spreading disease, food scarcity, and forced migration – threaten human health and safety worldwide.

What is at stake, and what can we do?

At this free public educational program, attendees will hear and discuss presentations from distinguished experts in the fields of climate change and public health.  Attendees will learn about the latest developments, issues, and the practices that we can use to successfully confront this crisis.

The program will be held on Saturday, September 21, 2019 from 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM, at the West Virginia University College of Law Event Hall in Morgantown, WV. Registration is free and includes a buffet luncheon at 12:00 noon.


Keynote Luncheon Presenter


Dr. Bernard D. Goldstein, M.D., Professor Emeritus, Environmental and Occupational Health, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health


Line-up of Expert Presenters


Dr. Lise Van Susteren, M.D., Practicing General and Forensic Psychiatrist, Washington, DC, Former Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Georgetown University Department of Psychiatry

Dr. Susan Clayton, Ph.D, Whitmore-Williams Professor of Psychology and Chair of Environmental Studies, College of Wooster

Dr. Daniel Barnett, M.D., M.P.H., Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Health & Engineering, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Dr. Chelsea Gridley-Smith, Ph.D., Director of Environmental Health, National Association of County & City Health Officials

Dr. Luann Brink, Ph.D., Chief Epidemiologist, Allegheny County (PA) Health Department

Dr. Ned Ketyer, Pediatric Physician, Consultant, Southwest Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project

Dr. Nicolas Zegre, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Forest Hydrology, West Virginia University, Director, WVU Mountain Hydrology Laboratory

Dr. Ashley Ward, Ph.D., Senior Policy Associate, Duke University Nicholas School of the Environment

Shana Udvardy, Climate Resilience Analyst, Climate & Energy Program, Union of Concerned Scientists

Dr. Robert Duval, Professor, Department of Health Policy, Management, and Leadership, WVU School of Public Health

This program is organized by the West Virginia University College of Law Center for Energy and Sustainable Development and the West Virginia Center on Climate Change (“WV3C”), a project of Friends of Blackwater, cooperating with the Mid-Atlantic Regional Public Health Training Project.