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Northwest Center for Public Health Practice

Public Health Training, Research, and Evaluation for the Northwest

Smoke-Ready Communities During Severe Wildfires

In this one-hour webinar, which is part of the Hot Topics series, Sarah Coefield, MS, discusses how the Missoula City-County Health Department supported public health during prolonged smoke events of the 2017 summer wildfire season.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the threats wildfire smoke poses to individuals and public health systems.
  • Identify clean air intervention strategies for communities prone to wildfires and smoke events.
  • Identify potential community and funding partners to address health threats associated with wildfires.

Intended Audiences

Local, state, and tribal public health professionals; nonprofits that address climate change and health; medical practitioners; community foundations; disaster response agencies


Sarah Coefield, MS, MA, RS, Air Quality Specialist, Missoula City-County Health Department

Discussion Questions

  1. How can you promote smoke resiliency in your community?
  2. How would you triage access to clean air during a prolonged smoke event in your community?
  3. How can a health department balance their interventions to counteract wildfire smoke with encouraging individual action for creating clean air spaces?

Slides and Resources


    Air Date: 
    Tuesday, September 25, 2018, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm PDT
    Emergency Preparedness & Disasters
    Vulnerable Populations & Health Disparities
    1 hour
    Hot Topics in Practice
    Competency Domains: 
    Analytical/Assessment Skills
    Community Dimensions of Practice Skills
    Policy Development/Program Planning Skills