Location: Murfreesboro, TN
A sociologist, educator, and writer, Dr. Adelle Dora Monteblanco is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Middle Tennessee State University. Adelle studies reproductive environmental health with the aim to improve birth outcomes and create healthy communities. Her current applied research focuses on the deadliest meteorological hazard: extreme heat. The climate crisis will exacerbate extreme heat exposure to a large portion of the global population and there is growing evidence that extreme heat exposure can increase the risk of adverse birth outcomes such as preterm birth. In response, Adelle’s research aims to prepare maternal health workers and pregnant women for heat hazards. When she isn’t teaching or writing, you can find Adelle enjoying Tennessee’s outdoor playground.
They were all familiar with some heat illness symptoms and that they could communicate protective measures if there was a heat event that was hurting their community, but unfortunately many were unfamiliar with pregnant people and fetuses as being uniquely vulnerable.