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California Climate Change and Health Equity Program

The California Climate Change and Health Equity Program (CCHEP) - of the Office of Health Equity at the California Department of Public Health - “embeds health and equity in California climate change planning, and embeds climate change and equity in public health planning. ” The CCHEP is working to increase climate resilience by improving the public health and living conditions of vulnerable populations. The CCHEP also provides public health and social equity input into state agency plans and programs that affect climate vulnerability, such as transportation and land use planning.

Related Organizations: California Department of Public Health

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Assessment of the Potential Health Impacts of Climate Change in Alaska

January 8, 2018

The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services Division of Public Health released this Health Impact Assessment (HIA) addressing the projected impacts of climate change on public health across the state. In addition to providing an overview of climate change predictions for Alaska, this report is the state’s first attempt to describe a wide range of potential climate impacts to human health.  Along with the assessment, the report provides monitoring recommendations for health and environmental indicators, and examples of adaptation strategies for communities to address potential health impacts.

Related Organizations: Alaska Department of Health and Social Services

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The Lancet Countdown: Tracking Progress on Health and Climate Change

October 30, 2017

The Lancet Countdown is an international, multidisciplinary research collaboration that has developed indicators to track the progress of climate change mitigation and adaptation in terms of public health globally. The analysis provides an assessment of the health effects of climate change, the implementation of the Paris Agreement, and the health implications of these actions on populations worldwide. In 2016 the Lancet Countdown proposed a set of potential indicators to be monitored, and coordinated a global analysis to define this conclusive set of indicators for 2017.

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Arizona Climate and Health Adaptation Plan 2017

April 2017

The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) developed this statewide climate and health adaptation plan as a participating agency in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Climate Ready States and Cities Initiative. The plan includes strategies to guide adaptation with the intention to support the development of public health preparedness related to climate-sensitive hazards in Arizona. 

Related Organizations: Arizona Department of Health Services

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Medical Alert! Climate Change is Harming Our Health

March 15, 2017

From the newly formed Medical Society Consortium on Climate & Health, this report discusses urgent and compounding public health impacts from climate change.  The Consortium is composed of physicians from 11 medical societies, representing over half of the nation’s doctors, who determined a need to share their concern about the health consequences of climate change with the public.  The opening summary concludes with this: “In sum, we are sounding the alarm that the ultimate danger of climate change is that it poses a danger to the health of every American now and in the future.

Related Organizations: Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health

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San Francisco’s Climate and Health Adaptation Framework 2017

2017

Developed by the San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH), the Climate and Health Adaptation Framework is a compendium of the SFDPH’s 2010 Climate and Health Program’s work over the last several years. The framework identifies strategies to engage San Francisco community stakeholders on creating solutions to reduce health disparities and climate health impacts. The primary goals of the framework are to propose strategies to reduce the health burden of climate change, improve health equity, propose draft indicators to measure the severity of climate-related health risks and collaborate with stakeholders on health-related climate challenges.

Related Organizations: San Francisco Department of Public Health

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Oregon Climate and Health Resilience Plan

February 2, 2017

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.

Related Organizations: Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division

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Safe haven in the storm: Protecting lives and margins with climate-smart health care

January 2017

Climate-smart health care as described in this report addresses how hospitals and health systems can prepare for climate change and its implications for public health, with a focus on extreme weather events.  The costs for hospitals and care facilities associated with lack of preparation for these events - including severe storms, flooding, extreme temperatures, wildfires - are discussed in detail. The report also describes the benefits of preparedness, how “smart executives can take action,” and provides case studies of adaptation to extreme events in the health sector.

Related Organizations: Health Care Without Harm

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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California Climate Change and Health Profile Reports

2017

The CalBRACE (California Building Resilience Against Climate Effects) Project of the California Department of Public Health (DPH) developed 58 Climate Change and Health Profile Reports – one for each county in the state. The reports outline climate projections for extreme heat, sea level rise, wildfires, drought and air quality, as well as climate related health risks and indicators for social vulnerability.  Adaptation strategies are outlined for each county also, to address these public health impacts.

Related Organizations: California Department of Public Health

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Climate Change and Health Vulnerability Indicators for California

2017

The Climate Change and Health Equity Program of the California Department of Public Health developed Climate Change and Health Vulnerability Indicators for California.  The indicators can help communities and local decision makers to better understand the populations that are more at risk for climate change induced or exacerbated health impacts. DPH suggests that the indicators can be used to screen and prioritize public health action to increase resilience. There are 21 indicators, organized into three domains: environmental exposures, population sensitivity, and adaptive capacity.

Related Organizations: California Department of Public Health

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