"Recognizing the risks from exposure to smoke from wildland fires, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other federal and state agencies have produced a number of documents to inform efforts to communicate wildfire smoke risks and to provide actions that communities and individuals can take to reduce risks from smoke exposures. [...] The EPA's ACE [Air, Climate, and Energy] research program and Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards (OAQPS) cosponsored a 'Wildfire Smoke Health Risk Management and Communication Workshop' with the goal to identify opportunities for research and technological solutions that could improve health risk communication strategies, increase health-protective behaviors, and reduce the public health burden during wildfire smoke episodes. We designed the workshop to engage participants in interdisciplinary problem formulation and to develop a shared and multidimensional understanding of  the nature of the public health problem associated with smoke exposures that reflects community attributes and experiences, and  what types of information and actions related to health risk communication and management might be appropriate for scientific evaluation. This workshop piloted an interdisciplinary and multistakeholder social-environmental research problem formulation approach to improve understanding of knowledge gaps and generate ideas to meet the workshop objective. [...] This report summarizes in detail, the activities and discussions during the EPA sponsored workshop titled 'Wildfire Smoke and Health Risk Communication: Integrating Social and Natural Sciences to Improve Risk Communication and Management Strategies in Impacted Communities.'"
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Wildfire Smoke and Health Risk Communication Workshop. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. Sept. 22-23, 2016.