North Carolina Climate and Health Adaptation Plan

The North Carolina Department of Health developed this Adaptation Plan as a part of the Building Resilience Against Climate Effects (BRACE) framework. This report builds off of the previous North Carolina Climate and Health Profile Report by prioritizing and recommending options to avoid or mitigate the state’s climate-related health impacts. Air quality and respiratory diseases, along with heat-related deaths and illnesses, are North Carolina’s top climate-related health priorities. The purpose of this adaptation plan is to provide the department with information to identify and implement adaptation strategies for climate-related health impacts across the state.

Climate change and rising temperatures were found to be the primary reason for heat-related illness emergency department visits in North Carolina. The department also identified that wildfire smoke health impacts were the primary cause for increased rates of respiratory diseases in the state. Examples of interventions for both of these climate-related health impacts are provided, such as encouraging the development of wildfire evacuation plans, and developing a statewide heat alert system. 

Publication Date: 2016

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  • North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services

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