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Bio: Dr. Laura Bozzi leads the Climate Change Program at the Rhode Island Department of Health. In that role, Laura helps Rhode Islanders prepare for the health effects of climate change through policy change, public education, research and data collection, and by developing tools that assist individuals, businesses, and communities to become more resilient. She is a chapter lead for the Rhode Island governor-commissioned Statewide Climate Resiliency Action Strategy.

Over her career, Laura has worked across the United States — from Oregon and West Virginia to Washington, DC and Rhode Island – in environmental protection, food systems, and fisheries. Laura has been appointed as a member to the State of Rhode Island’s Executive Climate Change Coordinating Council (EC4) Advisory Board and the Agricultural Lands Preservation Commission. She also serves as Co-Director of the New Leaders Council of Rhode Island. Laura earned her Ph.D. and master’s degrees from Yale University in Forestry and Environmental Studies and a B.S. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, also from Yale University.

Location: Climate Change Program

Rhode Island Department of Health
3 Capitol Hill
Providence, RI 02908

Description: The Rhode Island Department of Health Climate Change Program works investigate, prepare for, and respond to the health effects related to climate change in order to create a healthy, sustainable and resilient future for all Rhode Islanders. The program is funded through the Center for Disease Control’s Climate-Ready States & Cities Initiative. Extreme heat, storms and floods, impacts on food and water resources, vector-borne disease, and air pollution are the program’s main areas of concern. Current projects include: The Senior Resiliency Project, which provides emergency planning assistance to elderly housing facilities; leading development of the Statewide Climate Resiliency Strategy’s Community Resiliency chapter; developing Continuing Medical Education credit courses on climate & health topics; and identifying policies and programs to address heat-related