CDC: Assessing Vulnerability to Climate Change - A Guide for Health Departments

This guidance document from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) Climate and Health Program Technical Report Series is designed to support health departments in assessing local vulnerabilities to health hazards associated with climate change.

The report presents a conceptual framework for defining vulnerability to climate change in public health terms.  An example of how to conduct a climate and health vulnerability assessment is provided, using a case study on heat vulnerability in Georgia. Although there are a number of climate factors that impact health (e.g., storm surge, increased atmospheric CO2, extreme precipitation events, drought, etc.), heat vulnerability was selected as a case study because it was identified as the most important "climate-sensitive health outcome of concern" in a survey of the eighteen grantees of the CDC’s Climate-Ready States and Cities Initiative.

In addition, there is extensive research and available data on the topic of heat vulnerability.


Publication Date: July 16, 2014

Authors or Affiliated Users:

  • Arie Ponce Manangan
  • Christopher K. Uejio
  • Shubhayu Saha
  • Paul J. Schramm
  • Gino D. Marinucci
  • Jeremy J. Hess
  • George Luber

Related Organizations:

  • Centers for Disease Control (CDC)


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Resource Types:

  • Assessment guide


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