Community-Based Adaptation to the Health Impacts of Climate Change

This article, published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, proposes a course of action for community-based adaptation to help communities better prepare for and respond to the health risks of climate change. The report is designed to engage stakeholders in a proactive problem-solving process to enhance preparedness for adaptation. Community-based adaptation is discussed as an approach to proactive implementation of programs and activities necessary to cope with the impacts of a changing climate on the health sector. Social capital is defined and its relevance to adaptation at the community level explored in the context of implementing interventions by linking multiple institutions with capacity and expertise that fall both within and outside the jurisdiction of the community. The article focuses on adaptation strategies for both urban and rural areas and looks to examples both within the U.S. and internationally.


Publication Date: 2008

Authors or Affiliated Users:

  • Kristie L. Ebi
  • Jan C. Semenza

Related Organizations:

  • American Journal of Preventive Medicine


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Resource Types:

  • Planning guides


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