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Friday, December 13, 2013
1:00 pm EST
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Friday, December 13 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern/12:00 p.m. Central/11:00 a.m. Mountain/10 a.m. Pacific


  • Jeff Willett, Kansas Health Foundation
  • Tim Griffin, Tufts University
  • Matteo Convertino, University of Minnesota
  • Susan Stover, Kansas Water Office


This webinar is the second in a two-part Creating Common Ground series on water, agriculture, and health. In this webinar, participants discussed the devastating impacts natural disasters have on communities across the world, focusing on examples of various natural disasters in the United States, and what these disasters have meant or could mean for food security, the environment, and human health.

Tim Griffin discussed food producers’ and human health concerns related to increasing disasters, such as severe storms and flooding, and will outline what can be done to improve human health and protect the long-term viability of America’s food supply and ecosystems. Matteo Convertino discussed how mathematical models can be used to assess multi-disciplinary issues like the interrelationship between water, human health, and agriculture. He focused on his recent research on levees and how it the “One Health” concept–the close interrelation between human health and the environment. Susan Stover brought the dialogue to a concrete example by discussing how drought is impacting Kansas, some innovative approaches to managing water use within agricultural communities, and some of the policy changes that are needed at the federal level to support such efforts on the ground.


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