Public Health Impacts of Wildfire Smoke | Part 1

Watch Part One of Public Health Impacts of Wildfire Smoke now

On February 22, 2023 at 11 am, World Forestry Center premieres the first part of a two-part discussion focused on the public health impacts of wildfire smoke.

Part One of the program brings together leading researchers for an hour-long conversation on what we know about the health impacts of wildfire smoke, who is most at risk, and what future research is needed to assess the full cost of wildfire smoke on public health.

“World Forestry Center wanted to host this program because we see public health as one of the most critical and timely issues in the wildfire conversation,” said Tim Hecox, World Forestry Center’s Director of Experience.


Dr. Michael Brauer is a Professor in the School of Population and Public Health at The University of British Columbia and a Principal Research Scientist and Affiliate Professor at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington, where he leads the Environmental, Occupational and Dietary Risk Factors team for the Global Burden of Disease.  His research focuses on linkages between the built environment and human health, with specific interest in the global health impacts of air pollution, the relationships between multiple exposures mediated by urban form and population health, and health impacts of a changing climate.

Read Michael’s full bio here.

Dr. Marshall Burke is associate professor of Global Environmental Policy in the Doerr School of Sustainability, and Deputy Director at the Center on Food Security and the Environment, both at Stanford University. His research focuses on social and economic impacts of environmental change, and on measuring and understanding economic livelihoods across the developing world.

Read Marshall’s full bio here.

Dr. Tom Corringham is a staff research economist at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego. His research is focused on understanding the economic impacts of climate change and extreme weather events. His areas of specialization include catastrophic floods, wildfires, atmospheric rivers, El Niño, water resources, agriculture, public health, and economics.

Read Tom’s full bio here.

Dr. Shehnaz Hussain is Professor and Associate Director for Population Sciences at UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Cancer. Her research stems from a long-standing interest in the intersection of infections and cancer. She brings together a mindset for maximizing public health impact and scientific curiosity to orchestrate research in cancer etiology, pathogenesis, chemoprevention, and early detection.

Read Shehnaz’s full bio here.

Dr. Ana Rappold is Statistician and Clinical Research Chief,  US Environmental Protection Agency. Her research focuses on the health effects of air pollution. Rappold received a 2019 Arthur S. Flemming Award for her groundbreaking method for the Smoke Sense Project, a smartphone app that provides participants vital information about wildfire smoke and health when and where they need it.

Read more about Ana here.