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Drexel: Researcher Receives Grant to Study Impact of Extreme Weather on Children

Climate change poses a host of unforeseen health risks for everyone, but children may be especially vulnerable to certain conditions, including extreme heat. A small amount of research has been done in this area, but significant gaps remain.

To provide more extensive research on this issue, Dr. Jane Clougherty, an associate professor in Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, at the Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health, and her collaborator Dr. Perry Sheffield, a pediatrician and assistant professor of environmental medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, were awarded a 5-year, $2.695,318 R01 grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS).

The grant, “Pediatric Health and Extreme Weather – Health Effects of Ambient Temperature (PHEW-HEAT)”, will be used to combine spatially and temporally resolved estimates of surface temperature with large statewide administrative clinical datasets. Further, social and co-morbidity effect modifiers will be considered in order to identify key subpopulations and modifiable risk factors across rural and urban areas. The design will be tailored to work in concert with existing heat action plans used by municipal level health agencies such that those plans can most easily accommodate updated findings.

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