Oregon Climate and Health Resilience Plan
The 2017 Oregon Climate and Health Resilience Plan outlines a set of recommendations for the state’s Public Health Division, local and tribal health departments, and community partners. While past reporting on climate and health in Oregon focused on impacts and specifically vulnerable and frontline communities in the state, this plan looks more to existing community assets, resources, and networks to support climate adaptation planning. The plan outlines a set of actions that the public health workforce specifically can take to adapt to climate change. The report is accompanied by a number of videos that demonstrate the current resilience strategies and programs already being implemented for public health across the state.
The Climate and Health Resilience Plan shifts from an initial hazard-specific approach to an “all-hazards” approach - so instead of recommending interventions for specific climate risks, actions are identified to build resilience to multiple climate hazards and stressors across Oregon. Climate and health strategies in the new plan are categorized as for: policies, systems, and environments. Some example priority strategies as described in the plan include:
- Actively engaging with our diverse community partners and elevating the voices of our most vulnerable populations to inform policy priorities.
- Promoting policies that strengthen our local food systems.
- Conducting regular monitoring of climate and health indicators, and monitoring the progress made on our resilience strategies.
- Equipping our health care partners with the information they need to protect patients from climate-related health risks.
- Supporting community-driven climate adaptations that contribute to building an evidence base for effective climate and health interventions.
These recommendations build on the findings of the 2014 Oregon Climate and Health Profile Report, which identified climate change as a threat to clean air, clean water and healthy food, especially for vulnerable populations who already experience disproportionate impacts. In 2015, Oregon’s Climate and Health program produced a Social Vulnerability Assessment that includes a set of maps that can be layered with environmental and social data to further identify climate risks in Oregon.
Publication Date: February 2, 2017
- Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division
- Adaptation plan