Water Security, Sanitation and Health in the Arctic

Tuesday, 19 August 2014: 10:30 AM-12:00 PM
Ballroom D (Dena'ina Center)

In many northern communities, the water and sanitation infrastructure is inadequate. In places where water systems do exist, they are often built on permafrost. Loss of permafrost due to climate change will result in damage to piped systems. These communities will have to rely on self-hauled water and waste, potentially compromising human health in a region already experiencing health disparities. This session will address the epidemiologic, scientific and policy issues related to water security, sanitation and related health impacts in the Circumpolar North.

Alan Parkinson
10:45 AM
The Relationship between Water Service and Health Status
Thomas Hennessy, MD, CDC Arctic Investigations Program
10:57 AM
A Study of Health Status Before and After Establishing In-Home Water Service
Timothy K Thomas, MD, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium
11:10 AM
Kivalina, Alaska: a case-study in climate change
Michael Brubaker, MPH, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium
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