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An Introduction to Adaptation in the Public Health Sector

Climate change will affect public health practice across the board, with disproportionate impacts on particularly vulnerable populations such as the elderly, children, low-income communities, the homeless, and communities of color.

Use the resources below as a starting point to better understand how climate change will affect the public health sector.

 

 

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Climate and Health Program

2009

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) climate and public health framework was established in 2006, and in 2009, CDC formally established its Climate and Health Program. The mission of the Program is to lead efforts to identify vulnerable populations to climate change; to prevent and adapt to current and anticipated health impacts; and to assure that systems are in place to detect and respond to current and emerging health threats.

Related Organizations: Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

Resource Category: Education and Outreach

 

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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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CDC: Assessing Vulnerability to Climate Change - A Guide for Health Departments

July 16, 2014

This guidance document from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) Climate and Health Program Technical Report Series is designed to support health departments in assessing local vulnerabilities to health hazards associated with climate change.

Related Organizations: Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Arie Ponce Manangan, Christopher K. Uejio, Shubhayu Saha, Paul J. Schramm, Gino D. Marinucci, Jeremy J. Hess, George Luber

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Climate Change: Mastering the Public Health Role Guidebook

April 2011

This guidebook is a translation of a six-part webinar series hosted by the American Public Health Association (APHA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 2009-2010, and is intended to be a useful tool for the public health community in preparing for the challenges of climate change.

Related Organizations: American Public Health Association (APHA)

Resource Category: Education and Outreach

 

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Climate Action for Health: Integrating Public Health into Climate Action Planning

February 2012

From the California Department of Public Health, this report primarily addresses key GHG emissions reduction efforts in Climate Action Plans (CAPs) that have public health co-benefits. This guidance can be useful for any public health agency, even outside of California, planning for climate impacts.

Related Organizations: California Department of Public Health

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Minnesota Climate and Health Profile Report

February 2015

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) Climate and Health Profile Report 2015, “An Assessment of Climate Change Impacts on the Health & Well-Being of Minnesotans,” provides a comprehensive assessment of climate change impacts and potential health implications for the state. In addition to describing climate trends and projections, the report identifies datasets and the data gaps that could affect the development of quantitative measures of health outcomes. The report concludes with a brief discussion of next steps required for an effective response to the identified public health climate hazards.

Related Organizations: Minnesota Department of Health

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Climate Change: Mastering the Public Health Role Webinar Series

2010

In 2009-2010, the Association of Public Health Agencies, with funding from and in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control, hosted a year-long, six-part webinar series titled “Climate Change: Mastering the Public Health Role.”

Related Organizations: American Public Health Association (APHA), Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) - Climate Change Collaborative, National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

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Oregon Climate and Health Profile Report

September 25, 2014

The ‘Oregon Climate and Health Profile Report’ from the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) Public Health Division outlines the health risks that may increase with climate change, and describes the populations who are most vulnerable to these risks in Oregon. The report presents a broad, statewide assessment of  public health demographic, geographic and occupational vulnerability to climate change risks.

Related Organizations: Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division

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