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Preparedness was a recurrent theme during a panel discussion hosted by the UCLA School of Public Health on the potential impact changes in climate could have on people’s health. More than 300 people attended the Climate Change Summit, where climate change and environmental health experts provided insight on ways climate change such as rising temperatures and severe weather-related events could increase the rates of water- and food-borne illness, infectious diseases, illnesses caused by air pollution, and heat-related illness and death. The panelists discussed what individuals, the public health community, and state and local government can do to put in place preparedness plans to prevent weather-related illness and mortality.

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