November 16, 2021

Climate Crisis as Public Health Crisis: A Regional Perspective

Event Details

Date & Time

Tuesday, Nov 16, 2021 6:00 PM - 7:15 PM


Center for Climate, Society, and the Environment




Hemmingson Auditorium

Event Type & Tags

  • Sustainability
  • Academics
  • Global Impact

About This Event

Speakers: Bob Lutz, MD, MPH & Amber Lenhart

The effects of climate change on health are many – directly, such as poor air quality from wildfire smoke, to indirectly, such as increasing rates of zoonotic infections, and food insecurity with variations in regional agriculture. The Inland Northwest will need to adapt to these inevitable changes, and this presentation will provide both existing challenges as well as possible solutions.

Bob Lutz, MD, MPH, is a Board-Certified Family Medicine physician, and holds adjunct faculty positions with the University of Washington School of Medicine and Washington State University Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine. He received his medical degree from Temple University in 1988, and a Master of Public Health from the University of Arizona in 2003. Upon moving to Spokane, WA in 2004 with his wife, Amy, he served on the Spokane Regional Health District’s Board of Health for eight years, until being appointed as the Health Officer for Spokane County, WA from 2017-2020. He currently serves as the Health Officer for Asotin County, WA, is a member of the Washington State Board of Health, representing local public health, and is the Medical Advisor for the COVID-19 Response for the Washington Department of Health.

Amber Lenhart (she/her) was born and raised in the Spokane area and received her Master of Public Health degree from the University of Washington. Ms. Lenhart worked to improve the health of all people through local and state policy change while working for Health Impact Project, a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts in Washington, DC, and most recently served as the Spokane Regional Health District's policy specialist. As a national expert in health equity through policy change, Ms. Lenhart has worked and lectured on the health impacts of systemic racism, unhealthy housing, childhood lead exposure, disasters and climate change, and the built environment.