Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Climate Ready States and Cities Initiative

Through the Climate Ready States and Cities Initiative, CDC supports health departments in the assessment of climate impacts on public health, and in the development of adaptation plans and programs. Funding from this Initiative has supported the following states and cities: 

  • Arizona Department of Health Services - Health Impacts: Health effects due to extreme heat
  • California Department of Health - California Building Resilience Against Climate Effects (CALBRACE)
  • Florida Department of Health
  • Illinois Department of Public Health (The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois)
  • Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene - Health Impacts: Asthma, heart disease, food-borne illness
  • Massachusetts Department of Health - Health Impacts: Water, food, and vector borne diseases, heat stress, hazardous weather events, respiratory diseases
  • Michigan Department of Community Health - Health Impacts: Heat related disease, respiratory disease
  • Minnesota Department of Health - Health Impacts: Extreme heat events, vector borne disease
  • New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services
  • New York State Department of Health - Health Impacts: Extreme weather, waterborne, food-borne, and vector disease
  • New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene - Health Impacts: Heat-related morbidity and mortality, respiratory illness, water-borne and vector-borne disease
  • North Carolina Department of Public Health - Health Impacts: Temperature related morbidity and mortality; extreme weather; air pollution; water, food, and vector borne diseases
  • Oregon Department of Health - Health Impacts: Water and food borne diseases, extreme weather, ecosystems
  • Rhode Island Department of Health
  • San Francisco Department of Public Health - Health Impacts: Heat stress morbidity and mortality associated with air quality impacts
  • State of Maine Department of Health and Human Services: Health Impacts: Heat related outcomes, vector-borne disease
  • Vermont Department of Health
  • Wisconsin Department of Health Services

Through this initiative CDC is helping states and cities to partner with local and national climate scientists to understand the potential climate changes in their areas. Funded projects include the development of models to predict health impacts, to monitor health effects, and to identify the area’s most vulnerable to these effects. In addition to benefiting those awarded, the results of these projects will become case studies for other health departments.


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Publication Date: December 2, 2010

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