Wildfire Smoke and Health Risk Communication Workshop Report   [open pdf - 4MB]

"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 [1] the nature of the public health problem associated with smoke exposures that reflects community attributes and experiences, and [2] 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.
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