Implications of the California Wildfires for Health, Communities, and Preparedness: Proceedings of a Workshop


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California and other wildfire-prone western states have experienced a substantial increase in the number and intensity of wildfires in recent years. On June 4–5, 2019, four different entities within the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine—the Forum on Medical and Public Health Preparedness for Disasters and Emergencies; the Roundtable on Population Health Improvement; the Roundtable on the Promotion of Health Equity; and the Roundtable on Environmental Health Services, Research, and Medicine—held a workshop at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at the University of California, Davis. The 2 day public workshop explored the population health, environmental health, emergency preparedness, and health equity consequences of increasingly strong and numerous wildfires, particularly in California.