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This tab includes strategies for how to avoid or reduce climate change impacts in the public health sector. It also includes any laws, legislation, regulations, agency guidance, and executive orders relevant to public health. 

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Health Problems Heat Up: Climate Change and the Public's Health

October 2009

This report, from Trust for America's Health (TFAH), examines the human health effects of climate change and the role public health authorities must play in preventing and preparing for further climate-related damage. It also explores the needs of state and local health departments as they set out to conduct climate change needs assessments and provides a framework to develop strategic plans to prevent and prepare for climate change. TFAH makes policy recommendations pertaining to increased action from federal, state, and local governments.

Related Organizations: Trust for America's Health

Authors or Affiliated Users: Jeffrey Levi, Serena Vinter, Daniella Gratale, Chrissie Juliano, Laura M. Segal

Resource Category: Monitoring and Reporting

 

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Climate Change: The Public Health Response

March 2008

This article from the American Journal of Public Health (March 2008, Vol. 98, No. 3) outlines a public health approach to climate change, based on the 10 essential public health services.  This approach would extend to both clinical and population health services and emphasize the coordination of government agencies (federal, state, and local), academia, the private sector, and nongovernmental organizations.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Howard Frumkin, Jeremy J. Hess, George Luber, Josephine Malilay, Michael McGeehin

Resource Category: Planning

 

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2015 Preliminary Report and Recommendations from the Hawaii Climate Change and Health Working Group

December 2015

The Hawaiʻi Climate Change and Health Working Group was initially convened in 2015 to help the State consider and plan for the impacts of climate change on population-based human health and well-being. The Working Group has developed some preliminary findings and recommendations for policy maker consideration, which are provided in this report.

Related Organizations: State of Hawaii

Resource Category: Planning

 

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A Human Health Perspective on Climate Change

April 22, 2010

This report identifies major research needs to better address the human health impacts of climate change.  Prepared by the Interagency Working Group on Climate Change and Health, and with contribution by numerous federal agencies, the goal is to better inform federal agencies with a human health or related research mission in their research priorities.

Related Organizations: The Interagency Working Group on Climate Change and Health (IWGCCH), Environmental Health Perspectives, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Christopher J. Portier, Kimberly Thigpen Tart

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Climate Change, Health and Equity: Opportunities for Action

March 2015

This report explores the ways in which climate change, health, and equity are connected, and identifies many opportunities and recommendations for climate adaptation in the public health sector. From the Public Health Institute (PHI), the report analyzes the relationships between the social determinants of health, health inequities, and climate impacts - with an eye on how vulnerable populations overall are facing greater exposure. A number of examples are given of successful projects in which communities and public health organizations are taking action on climate change, health solutions, and social equity.

Related Organizations: Public Health Institute

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Heat in U.S. Prisons and Jails: Corrections and the Challenge of Climate Change

August 31, 2015

This paper from the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law addresses how increased temperatures and heat waves caused by climate change affect prisons, jails, and their staff and inmate populations. Recommendations are offered for what correctional departments can do to prepare for greater heat and minimize the dangers it poses.  

Related Organizations: Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, Columbia Law School

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Michigan Climate and Health Adaptation Program

2013

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. 

Related Organizations: Michigan State University, Michigan Department of Community Health, University of Michigan

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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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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Are We Ready? Preparing for the Public Health Challenges of Climate Change

2008

In order to better understand the current state of preparedness for the health effects of climate change, the Environmental Defense Fund collaborated with the National Association of City and County Health Officials (NACCHO) and George Mason University to conduct a survey of local health departments from around the country. The survey asked respondents to discuss their perception of climate-related health risks and the status and adequacy of their departments' activities in response to these risks.

Related Organizations: George Mason University, National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), Environmental Defense Fund

Authors or Affiliated Users: John Balbus, Kristie L. Ebi, Lauren Finzer, Catherine Malina, Amy Chadwick, Dennis McBride, Michelle Chuk, Ed Maibach

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Rhode Island 2015 Climate Change and Health Resiliency Report

2015

The Rhode Island Department of Health’s Climate Change and Health Resiliency Report identifies the climate change impacts on public health in Rhode Island, and offers strategies that can strengthen the effectiveness of public health management for climate impacts in the state. The report describes the threats that climate change poses to the state and its vulnerable populations, and details ongoing and planned best practices to counter these threats and protect vulnerable groups. The Department of Health Climate Change Program (HEALTH) has implemented climate adaptation projects that are highlighted throughout the report, along with Rhode Island case studies, and examples of best practices from across the country.

Related Organizations: Rhode Island Department of Health

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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