Energy Insecurity: Understanding its Dimensions and Implications for Public Health

 Presenter: Diana Hernandez, PhD, dh2494_HernandezDiana_2Assistant Professor, Sociomedical Sciences, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, JPB Environmental Health Fellow, Harvard School of Public Health

Date: June 2nd, 2015

Description: Housing, food, and household energy are basic needs; however, energy is often neglected in the scheme of insecurities. In this webinar, Dr. Diana Hernandez describes the three key components of energy insecurity (structural, economic, and behavioral) to present its inter-relatedness to housing and poverty. Using data from a study of low-income householders in inner city Boston, Dr. Hernandez highlights the health and social consequences that result from this phenomenon and presents six solutions focused on efficiency, energy literacy, and expanded financial relief benefits to address the public health issue of energy insecurity.

By the end of the webinar, viewers will be able to:

  • Identify primary dimensions of energy insecurity.
  • Understand how energy insecurity is related to other forms of insecurity (i.e.: food & housing).
  • Grasp the public health implications of energy insecurity.
  • Consider solutions to the energy insecurity problem.

Recommended pre-webinar reading: Hernandez, D. (2013). Energy Insecurity: A Framework for Understanding Energy, the Built Environment, and Health Among Vulnerable Populations in the Context of Climate Change. American Journal of Public Health, 103(4), e32-e34. Diana Hernandez Article

Reflection Questions: What are the primary dimensions of energy insecurity? How is energy insecurity related to other forms of insecurity (i.e. food and housing)? What are public health implications of energy insecurity?

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