Last year the ‘Climate, Health, and Home’ project team ran another three workshops around Philadelphia. Our 2018 workshops focused on emergency preparedness, flooding, and mold risks. The workshops were anchored by four presentations from partner organizations and two interactive activities.

The “Climate Change at Home” workshops were designed and facilitated by Ali Kenner (Drexel University), Russ Zerbo (Clean Air Council), Deepa Mankikar (National Nurse-Led Care Coalition), Alex Skula (Philadelphia Department of Public Health, and Julia Menzo (Liberty Lutheran). Our workshops were held in three locations of Philadelphia which our project team identified as being locations at a high risk for flooding based on a publication from the Philadelphia Water Department. These locations were Eastwick (Eastwick Library), Mayfair (St. John’s Church), and Germantown (Joseph E. Coleman Northwest Regional Library).

At our final workshop of the year in Germantown, presenter Alex Skula of the Philadelphia Department of Public Health discusses ways for Philadelphia residents to prepare for possible flooding. This workshop was conducted at the Joseph E. Coleman Northwest Regional Library on June 5, 2018.

Our 2018 workshops had a total of 51 participants who came from 19 different zip codes within Philadelphia. Each two-hour workshop featured, in addition to presentations and interactive activities, lively discussion between presenters and workshop participants. Participants were asked to complete surveys before and after the workshop which asked them about their knowledge of climate change, their experience with flooding and mold, and whether they had home or renter’s insurance.

Following each workshop, we invited participants to sign up for a post-workshop interview in which we collected oral histories related to experiences with the Philadelphia environment.

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