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SSL Lunch and Learn Series — Climate Justice Partnerships Part 2
Join us for a discussion about the use of data-driven citizen science when addressing public health issues emerging from the climate crisis, such as extreme heat. We'll hear from Mayra Cruz, the climate resilience program manager at Catalyst Miami, and Tiffany Troxler, a research scientist the organization partnered with on a heat study called "Miami Shade." The conversation will be moderated by Nancy Smith from the Boston Public Health Commission.

The Climate Justice Partnerships series covers a range of topics, including:
- How researchers can support climate justice at the local level
- Centering the needs of communities in the climate adaptation conversation
- How the panelists coordinate as partners, build trust and maintain buy-in within their own organizations

Apr 14, 2021 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Speakers

Mayra Cruz
Climate Resilience Program Manager @Catalyst Miami
Mayra Cruz is the Climate Resilience Program Manager at Catalyst Miami. She manages CLEAR (Community Leadership on the Environment, Advocacy, and Resilience) and HEAL (Housing, Equity, Advocacy, and Leadership), which provide trainings around social justice and community organizing around the issues of climate change and affordable housing, respectively. Collectively the programs have graduated over 400 leaders who are more civically engaged and advocating for resilient solutions to Miami’s most pressing problems. She also supports Catalyst’s work around disaster preparedness and advocating for equitable resilient strategies for vulnerable communities. As a Steering Committee member of the Miami Climate Alliance, she advocates for access to clean energy for low-wealth communities. She is passionate about addressing the social determinants of health and combating climate change from a public health perspective. Mayra graduated from Columbia University with an MPH in Environmental Health
Tiffany Troxler
Research Scientist and Associate Professor @Southeast Environmental Research Center and the Department of Biological Sciences at Florida International University
Tiffany Troxler is a Research Scientist and Associate Professor at the Southeast Environmental Research Center and the Department of Biological Sciences at Florida International University. Her research focuses on wetland ecosystems ecology and informs management and restoration of coastal and freshwater wetland ecosystems. She is also the project collaborator and working group co-lead in the Florida Coastal Everglades LTER program.
Nancy Smith
Program Manager, Community Engagement @Boston Public Health Commission
Nancy Smith is the Program Manager for Community Engagement. She is responsible for developing community relationships in support of emergency preparedness and community resilience in close coordination with other PHP sections. Ms. Smith earned a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Northeastern University and has a Certificate in Maternal Child Health from the Boston University School of Public Health. Ms. Smith joined BPHC in 2002 as a member of the Father Friendly Initiative, Substance Abuse Bureau. In 2008 she transitioned to Boston Healthy Start Initiative and the Child Adolescence Health Bureau. In 2011, Ms. Smith worked with the Emergency Shelter Commission in the position as the Constituent Liaison for the Healthy Start in Housing Initiative. In 2016, Ms. Smith graduated from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s Leaders in Health program. Ms. Smith has also completed a leadership training with the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA).