Today marks the beginning of National Public Health Week (NPHW). Since 1995, communities across the United States have designated the first week of April as a time to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving our nation.
This year's theme is "Public Health is ROI: Save Lives, Save Money." The 2013 NPHW theme was developed to highlight the value of prevention and the importance of well-supported public health systems in preventing disease, saving lives and curbing health care spending. Visit the National Public Health Week website to check out a calendar of events and see how you can get involved.
“The goal of this meeting was for grantees to share latest advances, as well as for participants to network with each other to build new relationships and plant the seeds for future collaborations toward solving one of the most critical public health issues facing our world,” said Caroline Dilworth, Ph.D., NIEHS health scientist administrator.
“NIEHS would like to see more meetings like this one, to translate research to scientists in other fields, to decision-makers, and to the public,” said John Balbus, M.D., NIEHS senior advisor for public health. “We need to ensure that significant research findings are integrated into public health planning, as well as ensure that researchers are addressing the topics of greatest concern.” Read the full story on the NIH website.
On April 2, the National Climate Assessment will be hosting a discussion session for attendees of the National Adaptation Forum in Denver, CO. The session will focus on using the National Climate Assessment in planning and management for adaptation. We invite all NAF attendees to join us for the session!
Climate Assessment for Adaptation: Using the National Climate Assessment in Planning and Management
Date: Tuesday, April 2 Time: 5:30 – 7:00 pm Location: Denver Marriott City Center, Ballroom F
Susi Moser, Susanne Moser Research & Consulting
Jim Buizer, University of Arizona
Paul Fleming, Seattle Public Utilities
Gregg Garfin, University of Arizona
Amy Luers, Skoll Global Threats Fund
Moderated by Kathy Jacobs, White House Office of Science & Technology Policy and Director, National Climate Assessment
Presentations by the director and authors of the draft Third National Climate Assessment (NCA)
Focus: ideas for supporting adaptation through sustained assessment processes
5:00 – 5:40: an overview on the NCA process and draft conclusions
5:40 – 6:30: discussion of options under consideration for the sustained assessment process, and an opportunity for input from the adaptation community
Background: An NCA report is required to be produced by the government at least every four years. The draft released on January 14 is the most comprehensive assessment of climate impacts and vulnerabilities in regions and sectors ever completed within the U.S. It includes assessments of the state of adaptation, mitigation and decision support, and suggests a vision for a sustained assessment process. The production of the report involved a major engagement effort—with explicit consideration of adaptation—by 30 author teams and a 60 member advisory committee.
In cooperation with state, tribal, and federal agency partners, the Obama Administration today released the first nationwide strategy to help public and private decision makers prepare for and reduce the current and future impacts of climate change on species, habitats, ecosystems, and the people and economies that depend on them.
The USGCRP is looking to fill an NCA Coordinator/Program Specialist position, located in Washington, DC.
Basic Job Function:
The incumbent will lead administrative and technical tasks for the National Climate Assessment (NCA) at the USGCRP National Coordination Office (NCO). More specifically, the incumbent will provide senior level program support to the NCA and provide experienced professional-level support to the sustained assessment planning process.
Developing and reviewing components of technical documents
Leading teams to complete technical and planning tasks
Developing communication materials and through other interactions with individuals in government agencies, universities, nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector
Special projects as assigned
Required Education and Experience:
Master’s degree in related field (e.g., climate, earth, or environmental science, engineering, etc.)
At least three years experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience
All Applications MUST be submitted via the UCAR career portal in order to be eligible for consideration. Initial consideration will be given to applications received prior to 5:00 p.m. (MDT) on Thursday, March 28, 2013. Thereafter, applications will be reviewed on an as-needed basis.
Apply here. Applications due by Thursday, March 28, 2013.