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?


Photograph of a forested mountainside after a wildfire seen through thick smoke.
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