Climate and health discourse project

I am the lead investigator on a new project sponsored by the University of Washington’s School of Public Health, “Expanding Climate Change Discourse in Washington State”. Numerous studies have documented the harmful consequences that a changing climate may bring to our state. We hope to address the importance of public engagement on this issue. The purpose of our project is to evaluate the feasibility and effectiveness of different strategies designed to promote a meaningful discussion of climate change in rural regions of Washington State.

We need your help in identifying promising students in your program/school who would participate in student-community leader teams in rural communities. Students should 1) be informed about climate change, 2) have a strong ties to a rural Washington community, and 3) be willing to make an 10-month commitment to the project.

Benefits to students include course credit (independent study) and opportunities to work with university and community leaders locally and statewide. Most of the work will be conducted in the student’s rural community. Students will be reimbursed for travel expenses. Duration of student involvement is from June 1, 2013 through March 31, 2014.

A project description for students is attached. A flyer for posting is also attached.

To apply, please have students email their resume/CV and a cover letter (indicating interest in joining this project) to Dr. Victoria Breckwich Vásquez at vbreck. Deadline: May 31, 2013.

For more information, please contact me or Dr. Breckwich Vásquez:

Victoria Breckwich Vásquez, DrPH, MPH, MA – Project Coordinator

Pacific Northwest Agricultural Safety & Health Center

University of Washington School of Public Health

vbreck (206) 478-3024

Thanks for your help.


Richard Fenske, PhD, MPH
Dept of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences
University of Washington School of Public Health
Box 357234
Seattle, WA 98195
206-543-0916 (office)
206-616-2687 (fax)