Micah Hahn, MPH, PhD

Wednesday Morning Plenary

    Micah Hahn will talk about the CAP development process and explain how health and well-being were integrated throughout the document, connecting it back to the State Climate and Health Assessment. She will address the partnerships that were developed to create the CAP and provide an overview of the community engagement strategy. Mara Kimmel will discuss how our work on the CAP fits into the broader community values that reflect Anchorage’s commitment to be a welcoming and resilient community. She will describe how the city built a resilience strategy rooted in equity and social justice. Besse Odom will discuss how climate equity considerations were integrated into the CAP process. She will also discuss her experience on the Advisory Committee, helping connect the climate action plan back to communities and residents in Anchorage. In order to make our plenary relevant for health professionals across Alaska, we will present our work on the Anchorage CAP as an example of a collaborative process that could be undertaken in other places.

    Dr. Hahn is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Health within the Institute for Circumpolar Health Studies at the University of Alaska-Anchorage. She prioritizes applied environmental health research that improves the health of Alaskans with a focus on the health impacts of climate change and climate adaptation and resilience planning. Dr. Hahn is committed to interdisciplinarity, collaboration, and community engagement. She utilizes a variety of methods in her work including geospatial analysis, remote sensing, human surveys, and ecological sampling. Prior to joining UAA, her research at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was on ecological modeling of infectious diseases. She is currently working with the Municipality of Anchorage to develop their Climate Action Plan and with communities around the state on community resilience planning in the context of environmental change. She is also leading a study to investigate the risk of ticks and tick-borne pathogens in Alaska.