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Metro Talks: Advancing Health and Equity in the Bay Area’s Quest for Climate Resilience

Wednesday, November 29, 2023 - 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

MTC and Bay Area Regional Health Inequities Initiative (BARHII) present Metro Talks: Advancing Health and Equity in the Bay Area’s Quest for Climate Resilience.

Extreme heat, catastrophic wildfires, record-setting floods and droughts — the intensifying effects of climate change pose a clear threat to the health and well-being of Bay Area residents. This is particularly true for communities that experience health inequities — the systemic and unjust disparities in health outcomes that exist by race, income, neighborhood, language, immigration status and other factors. These communities are at greater risk of exposure to climate-related health threats, are more vulnerable to those threats, and have less access to the resources necessary to respond effectively. 

How can we integrate a health equity lens in climate resilience planning and disaster management? Join us for a regional discussion on how the Bay Area is taking action. We’ll explore:

  • How local governments and community members are leading efforts to protect community health from the impacts of climate change
  • Emerging models of governmental infrastructure to address health, equity and climate resilience
  • New opportunities to scale up health equity activities in the Bay Area’s resilience efforts

Speakers will include:

  • Moderated by Josh Bradt, Bay Area Regional Collaborative (BARC)
  • Matt Wolff, San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH)
  • Melissa Jones, Bay Area Regional Health Inequities Initiative (BARHII)
  • Elle Chen, Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN)
  • Chanell Fletcher, California Air Resource Board (CARB) 

Metro Talks Equity Series

Metro Talks is a remote series of public forums to seed and exchange ideas on how the Bay Area can transform for the better. The forums bring together prominent leaders and experts to discuss significant regional issues like housing, community development, climate change, the economy, technology and transportation.