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OHA Study Finds Climate Events Effect Marginalized Communities

(Portland, OR) -- Marginalized communities are most affected by climate events. That's according to a study by the Oregon Health Authority of climate events between 2021 and 2022. The report found low income, communities of color, and Tribal communities had greater impacts from severe weather events. Two heat waves in 2021 caused more than 100 deaths with most of those people being older adults, isolated, or low income earners. Most of the people going to hospital emergency departments with heat-related illnesses had household incomes under 50-thousand dollars. The information is detailed in the Climate and Health in Oregon report.

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