Michigan Climate and Health Adaptation Program

The Michigan Department of Community Health has developed the Michigan Climate and Health Adaptation Program (MICHAP) to prepare for health risks from climate change. Through support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), MICHAP is building a climate-resilient public health system for Michigan at the state, local health department, and community levels. 

As of 2017, MICHAP focal strategies to help communities adapt to climate change include:

Public Education: through brochures, fact sheets, press releases, social media Analytics: conducting health surveillance; assessing and projecting trends

Emergency Preparedness: developing severe weather response in partnership with Preparedness staff

Local Public Health Support: Technical Assistance; training; tools Internal Partnerships: integrating climate adaptation into MDHHS programs

External Partnerships: sharing information, resources with experts and communities

Focus on Vulnerable Populations: Identifying and targeting vulnerable populations emphasizing adaptation.

MICHAP is working to address the public health consequences of climate change in Michigan through use of the CDC "Building Resilience Against Climate Effects" (BRACE) framework. The framework is a five step process that enables a health department to improve the quality of inputs and assumptions made during the traditional planning process by incorporating the best available atmospheric science, and supports the development and implementation of a unified climate and health adaptation strategy for a jurisdiction.

In 2009, the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) was awarded a one-year planning grant from CDC to develop a strategic plan for responding to public health effects of climate change in Michigan. The planning process involved Michigan's local health departments, University of Michigan, Wayne State University, Michigan State University, and several other state agencies and non-profit organizations. The final strategic plan focused on three priority areas for implementing climate change public health adaptations: heat events, air quality, and water quality and quantity.

In 2010, the MDCH received a three-year grant from CDC to implement the strategic plan and participate in building a national "climate-ready states and cities" program. Part of the implementation plan is working with partners to educate the public about the health effects of climate change and have human health issues considered in state activities involving climate change. MDCH is working to incorporate climate change considerations into public health activities such as emergency planning, healthy communities, and communicable disease control.

With continued support from CDC, the MDCH was one of ten state health departments to receive another three-year grant in 2013 that will fund MICHAP to continue its work to address the public health consequences of climate change in Michigan through use of the BRACE framework.

Publication Date: 2013

Related Organizations:

  • Michigan State University
  • Michigan Department of Community Health
  • University of Michigan


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