Water Crisis Strategies For Public Health Leaders

A Webinar Series for Public Health Leaders

This concluded webinar series was a coordinated opportunity for public health leaders, as well as others interested in public health as it relates to the water crisis, to join forces to learn about key aspects of California’s water system and governance, the public health risks of the water crisis, and key opportunities to take action to maintain public health as the water impacts of climate change deepen.  

Past webinars are available to view under Completed Webinars at the bottom of this page, complete with recordings, presentations, and additional resources.  

Health Department Water Checklist

The PHA SoCal webinar series on health and water issues surfaced a range of recommended actions for local health departments to address the ongoing water crisis. These were collected and compiled into an accessible set of checklists for leaders within local health departments, complete with links to supporting materials. We hope you find these useful. 

Completed Webinars

Click on each webinar title for recordings, presentations, speaker bios, and additional resources.

Webinar 6—Assessing High Opportunity Next Steps: Reconvening Leadership, Environmental Health and Nutrition

November 18, 2015, 12-1 pm
Join us for this closing webinar, where we bring together our health leadership, environmental health, and nutrition webinar tracks. We will hear from the CDC with recommendations on health department drought action and examine high leverage actions based on our webinar series.

Webinar 5—Tapping new opportunities for water and health: Greening jobs and water infrastructure for multiple health outcomes

October 28, 2015, 12-1 pm  
Learn how local health departments can secure funding, green jobs and improved public health outcomes. Participants will hear about emerging state programs and policy that bring new opportunities for managing water for health in jurisdictions around the state, and will come away with a picture of water-related funding opportunities that support local health department goals.

Webinar 4—Thinking Local: The Role of Health Leadership in Water Recapture

September 30, 2015, 12-1 pm  
This webinar features community water expert and best-selling author Brad Lancaster, who will be discussing the transformative power of water through integrated community design. Join us to learn about practical strategies and actions to support public health’s vision of healthy and resilient communities.

Webinar 3—Water and Emergency Preparedness: Innovative Opportunities

August 26, 2015, 12-1 pm  
Changes in the water cycle resulting from climate change threaten to significantly increase the risk of a wide variety of disasters that threaten public health. This webinar will explain the extent of health threats from floods, drinking water supply interruptions, events that compromise drinking water quality, and climate/water-related disease outbreaks. We will explore opportunities for public health leaders to mitigate health impacts through effective planning and other approaches to disaster preparedness as well as building resilience to chronic climate-related water problems.

Webinar 2—Agriculture and Drought: Implications for Food Security

July 22, 2015, 12-1 pm  
Healthy regional food systems are a foundation of healthy communities, but how can we preserve local agriculture in the face of threatened water supplies? This question forms the central theme of our webinar on agriculture and water. We will hear more about the changing face of agriculture, future threats, and the host of possible health risks of drought-related agricultural changes. We will address some concrete ways health departments can support healthy agriculture in Southern California.

Webinar 1—Drought Impacts on Disadvantaged Communities: Mitigation Strategies

June 24, 2015, 12-1 pm  
This webinar will survey the effects of the drought on disadvantaged communities, including the affordability of water for basic needs, populations without access to water and/or clean drinking water, and the economic and food security impacts in drought-stricken agricultural areas among other issues. Special attention will be paid to the multiplier effects of multiple risk factors. The webinar will address strategies and actions to mitigate the most severe public health impacts.

INTRODUCTORY WEBINAR--Water and Health 101

May 27, 2015, 12-1 pm  
This webinar will provide an overview of Southern California water sources, distribution, and use, as well as projections of what climate-related water changes we can anticipate in the future. It will provide a framework to understand the public health impacts of climate-related changes in the water cycle and discuss the role of health leaders in this rapidly changing physical and political landscape.