Wisconsin Climate and Health Toolkits

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services created the Climate and Health Toolkits to offer guidance on health-related climate change preparedness and response to local governments, health departments, and the public. Nine toolkits focused on Extreme Heat, Flood, Winter Weather, Wildfire, Chemical Release, Harmful Algal Blooms, Drought, Thunderstorms and Tornadoes, and Vectorborne Disease are provided, each accompanied by a one-page fact sheet for general audiences. Each toolkit offers background information, climate trends, and health impacts associated with the topic, as well as preparedness strategies and guidance, best practice tips, communication tools for outreach, and additional resources. A tenth toolkit on Community Engagement offers guidance for local health departments to facilitate public meetings on climate and health that can identify a community’s unique impacts, capacity, and adaptation goals.

Examples of the type of guidance provided in the impact focused toolkits include adaptive strategies such as to:

  • Create a fire-safe zone around homes 
  • Raise electrical components, furnace, and water heater above flood zone level 
  • Keep living space cool or seek shelter at a cooling center
  • Create a severe weather emergency plan

Wisconsin DHS put together the Climate and Health Community Engagement Toolkit for the state’s local Public Health Departments. It offers a step-by-step guide for community level engagement in order to prioritize local climate-related health impacts, and to develop community-driven adaptation strategies, implementation, and evaluation. The toolkit provides guidance in building a community’s unique logic model that will collect inputs or available resources, and outputs such as community activities and participation. Through the process, community-specific outcomes are developed for short-, mid-, and long-term goals. 

The toolkits were created with grant support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Building Resilience Against Climate Effects (BRACE) program


Publication Date: 2019

Related Organizations:

  • Wisconsin Department of Health Services


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Resource Types:

  • Best practice
  • Education/training materials

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