Extreme Heat: Impacts on communities, healthcare, and planning for mental health and wellness resilience infrastructure.

The Extreme Heat workshop is taking place on Tuesday June 20th at 4pm on zoom. Join us as we gather on this second anniversary of the Heat Dome. The focus of this session will revolve around the ramifications of excessive heat on communities, healthcare systems, while focusing on mental health and wellness as an important aspect of resilience. 



Dr. Vivek Shandas, Professor and the Director of the Sustaining Urban Places Research Lab at Portland StateUniversity and Advisor to CAPA Strategies, a global climate consulting firm based in Portland Oregon. Dr. Shandas studies the effects of urban development on environmental health and social justice, and supports communities in developing contextually relevant solutions to the acute effects of climate change.




Alessandra de la Torre, Advocacy and Programs Director, Rogue Climate. Alessandra leads Rogue Climate’s work transforming energy systems to benefit communities most impacted by climate change. She was born and raised in the Bay Area, CA where she first became concerned with the intersections of environment, public health, and racism. Alessandra graduated from Southern Oregon University with a Bachelor of Science in Sociology and previously organized a food insecurity campaign at SOU and later worked as a Community Organizer focusing on immigrant justice at the Rogue Valley chapter of Unite Oregon. Alessandra serves as a member of the Seeding Justice Foundation Grant Making Committee and the Southern Oregon Latino Partnership Program.


Dr. Richard Bruno, MD, MPH, FAAFP, FACPM, AAHIVS, Family and Preventative Medicine Physician. Richard Bruno is a double-boarded Family & Preventive Medicine physician, serving as the Senior Medical Director for Primary Care at a federally-qualified health center focusing on healthcare for the homeless in Portland. His main clinical focuses are on HIV, gender affirming care, obesity, and opioids. He attained a Bachelor's from Princeton, a Doctorate of Medicine from OHSU, and a Master's of Public Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and graduated from the combined Family & Preventive Medicine residency program at MedStar Franklin Square and Johns Hopkins. 


Facilitated by David De La Torre, Healthy Climate Program Director at Oregon PSR


Zoom link will be shared upon registration. Register below! 

June 20, 2023 at 4:00pm - 5pm
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