The Extreme Risks of Extreme Heat and Those Who Are Impacted (CME)

May 12, 2023 | Jeannie Economos and Dr. J. Marshall Shepherd


According to the CDC, over 600 people die due to extreme heat-related factors, and thousands more are severely impacted every year. As climate change increases the frequency and length of extreme heat events, more will be affected, therefore, it is vital to know who will be and is most impacted, and what these impacts are. Dr. J. Marshall Shepherd and Jeannie Economos will discuss which populations are most at risk, including farmworkers or those who live in urban heat islands, what factors contribute to these impacts, such as the intersection of urbanization, heat, and health, and what can be done to mitigate and address these effects.

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Jeannie Economos
Coordinator, Pesticide Safety & Environmental Health Program

Co-coordinator, Lake Apopka Farmworker Memorial Quilt Project 
Board Member, Virginia Clinicians for Climate Action
J. Marshall Shepherd, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor, Atmospheric Sciences & Geography of Georgia Athletic Association

Director, UGA Atmospheric Sciences Program
Full Professor, Department of Geography
Associate Director, Climate Science & Outreach at the Institute for Resilient Infrastructure Systems Morehouse School of Medicine and Grady Hospital
The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) requires Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) to identify and resolve conflicts of interest for all individuals responsible for the development, management, presentation, and/or evaluation of a CE activity. In order to fulfill this requirement, MSM can only approve a CE activity when all involved individuals have completed the following disclosure form.

Jeannie Economos, moderator for this activity has no financial relationships with ineligible companies* to disclose, and have indicated that the presentations or discussions will not include off-label or unapproved product usage.
J. Marshall Shepherd, Ph.D., moderator for this activity has no financial relationships with ineligible companies* to disclose, and have indicated that the presentations or discussions will not include off-label or unapproved product usage.
Non-faculty contributors and other involved in the planning, development and editing/review of the content have no relevant financial relationships to disclose with ineligible companies*.
*Ineligible companies – Companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.


Speaker Bio: Jeannie Economos

Jeannie Economos has been working on farmworker issues for over 25 years, addressing issues of social and environmental justice for farmworkers and other low-income, BIPOC communities in Florida and around the country. Since 2007, she has been the Pesticide Safety and Environmental Health Project Coordinator of FWAF, coordinating pesticide trainings for farmworkers in Florida, identifying workplace violations of Worker Protection Standards, conducting health care provider trainings on pesticide and heat exposure of farmworkers, and advocating for stronger workplace regulations and improved compliance and enforcement. She has, also, been engaged in community-based participatory research projects with Emory University on the reproductive health of Florida farmworkers and on heat stress exposures and is actively engaged in local, state, national and international coalitions and collaborations related to farmworker rights and health and safety, pesticide reduction, environmental health and justice. In more recent years, she has been involved in national policy issues.

Speaker Bio: Dr. J. Marshall Shepherd

Dr. Marshall Shepherd is the Georgia Athletic Association Distinguished Professor of Geography and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Georgia and Director of its Atmospheric Sciences Program. He has received numerous awards including the 2004 White House PECASE Award, the Captain Planet Foundation Protector of the Earth Award, the 2019 AGU Climate Communication Prize, the 2020 Mani L. Bhaumik Award for Public Engagement with Science, and the 2018 AMS Helmut Landsberg Award. He received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in meteorology from Florida State University. He has two TEDx talks on climate science and communication that collectively exceed two million viewers. He is routinely asked to brief the media, Congress, and the White House on weather-climate-science-related topics.