CEER research projects apply rigorous research methods to real-world problems identified by public health, emergency management, and community partners. Learn more about CEER's past and ongoing research projects on extreme event resilience.



Wildfire Smoke Epidemiology and Intervention Research

In 2018, CEER convened a symposium of regional stakeholders to share lessons learned from the 2017 and 2018 wildfire seasons, and to foster academic-practice partnerships to address existing challenges related to wildfire smoke and health in Washington State. Since the symposium, the CEER team has been working with public health practice partners to address the research priorities.


Building Public Health Disaster Research Capacity

Conducting research in the context of disasters is imperative to understand disaster health and wellbeing impacts, as well as the effectiveness of response and recovery strategies. CEER works to improve capacity for co-production of research to understand and mitigate health impacts experienced in the context of a disaster.

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Risk Communication

Providing clear and consistent public health information to the public in the context of an emergency is imperative. Our work evaluates the content, appropriateness, and inclusivity of communication plans and campaigns in the context of a variety of hazards and disasters.


Earthquakes, Public Health & Healthcare Preparedness

The State of Washington and much of the Pacific Northwest are at high risk for earthquakes. Yet, much of our infrastructure, including our healthcare infrastructure, is insufficiently prepared for a major earthquake. CEER works with state and local partners, as well as colleagues from universities across the region, to better prepare health and public health systems for earthquakes.

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Building Back Healthier through Disaster Recovery

After a disaster, affected communities work tirelessly to rebuild and recover. The disaster recovery period provides an opportunity to address vulnerabilities before the next disaster strikes by investing in stronger, healthier and more resilient communities. This body of CEER research aims to identify challenges and opportunities related to integrating health promotion into disaster recovery plans and implementation.

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Improving Climate and Health Capacity

CEER investigators are working to characterize the ways in which organizations are integrating climate change into their practice, evaluate climate change adaptation strategies, and identify existing resource and technical assistance needs. CEER faculty are affiliated with the Center for Health and the Global Environment (CHanGE) and work closely with other CHanGE faculty on much of this work

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COVID-19 and Pandemic Response

The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically changed our way of life, and put emergency response plans to the test. CEER investigators, students and alumni have conducted research on community impacts and decision making, and provided technical assistance to public health practice partners and community-based organizations.

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Extreme Heat & Health

Extreme heat is the leading cause of weather-related mortality in the United States, and leads to tens of thousands of ER visits and hospitalizations each year. Heat stress disproportionately affects the elderly, minority groups, occupations working predominantly outdoors, and people living in low-income settings. CEER works with local, state and federal partners, as well as academic institutions from across the country to understand the health effects associated with extreme heat, assess the capacity of public health institutions to respond, and improve public health and community preparedness for extreme heat events.

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Housing Precarity, Disasters & Health

As the United States continues to experience widening inequalities in terms of access to safe and secure housing, CEER investigators are exploring issues specific to housing precarity at the intersections of disasters and health. Too often, homeless and precariously housed communities are overlooked in emergency and risk communication planning.