Oct. 21 | Diana Hernandez, Columbia University
Energy, Poverty and Health in a Changing Climate: Implications for Policy and Practice
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About the Speaker
Diana Hernandez is an Assistant Professor, Sociomedical Sciences, Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. She focuses her work on the social and environmental determinants of health by querying the impacts of policy and place-based interventions on the health and socioeconomic well-being of vulnerable populations. Her community-oriented research examines the intersections between the built environment (housing and neighborhoods), poverty/equity and health with a particular emphasis on energy insecurity. Much of her research is conducted in her native South Bronx neighborhood, where she also lives and invests in social impact real estate.
About the Talk
One in three households in the US are energy insecure. There are acute and chronic forms of energy insecurity which stem from persistent poverty and climate-related impacts. The implications of acute and chronic energy insecurity result in direct and indirect adverse health consequences. This presentation will provide a conceptual and empirical overview of the energy, poverty and health nexus in the context of climate change highlighting policy and practical opportunities to promote energy justice.