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Health Impacts of Extreme Heat & Wildfire Smoke

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705 2nd Ave
Suite 410
Seattle, WA 98104


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Meeting ID: 814 9276 4410

Passcode: 097846


Climate change is widespread, rapid, and intensifying with a direct regional health impact. Washington has seen an increase in climate related illnesses including such as hyperthermia and respiratory disease from short-term temperature increases and increased smoke exposure from wildfires. During the heat dome of 2021, over 400 Washingtonians lost their lives due to heat related illnesses. Extreme heat disproportionately impacts children, pregnant individuals, the elderly, outdoor and some indoor workers, people with disabilities, low-income communities and communities of color. Agricultural workers, construction workers, and electricity and pipeline utility workers are at increased risk for heat-related illness and deaths. Short and long-term heat exposure increases severe maternal morbidity (SMM). Wildfire smoke in 2020 was associated with approximately 92 more all-cause mortality cases, and those in Eastern and Central Washington were estimated to experience the highest per-capita mortality during the episode. Coordinated efforts across sectors are needed to prevent and respond to the health effects of extreme heat and wildfire smoke, including early detection and warning systems, preventative education and communication with communities at highest risk, home environment measures, and standardized clinical protocols for reducing risk related to heat and wildfire smoke.

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Chris Chen, MD (Chair) Medical Director for Medicaid Washington HealthCare Authority