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February 2, 2024 CDC’s Climate and Health Program worked with the CDC Foundation and NORC at the University of Chicago to create a climate and health course titled “Climate and Health: A Training for Health Department Personnel.” The course includes sections on climate and health basics, integrating climate and health into health department activities, and tools and examples to help health departments build climate resilience. The training also provides resources for health department personnel to use after completing the training.

June 1, 2023 The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), with support from the Climate and Health Program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has awarded Franklin County Public Health in Ohio, San Juan Basin Public Health in Colorado, Tennessee Public Health Association, and a partnership between the Town of Natick and the City of Framingham in Massachusetts with $20,000 each to supplement ongoing climate change and health adaptation initiatives at the local level. Three of the four grant recipients serve small or rural jurisdictions. Learn more here.

November 30, 2022 Because the health impacts of climate change are far reaching and intersect with a diverse range of public health issues, the CDC/ATSDR is committed to integrating climate and health considerations into all its work. CDC/ATSDR’s FY 2022 Strategic Framework [PDF – 3.2 MB] describes how the agency is working to enhance preparedness and response capabilities for climate-related emergencies, improve CDC/ATSDR’s climate-sensitive disease surveillance, expand the climate research evidence base, disseminate key messages to protect the public from climate-sensitive diseases, and address inherent health equity and environmental justice issues. Please take time to read our strategic framework [PDF – 3.2 MB] and share with others how CDC/ATSDR is addressing the health impacts of climate change.

October 20, 2022 Request for Applications (RFA): Climate and Health Demonstration Sites – NACCHO supports local efforts to track, prevent, and mitigate the health effects of climate change, which includes: (1) the incorporation of adaptation planning into land use, housing, and transportation design; (2) preparing communities for extreme and unusual environmental events; and (3) coordinating with local governments on all-hazards disaster planning. NACCHO also supports implementing existing policies and procedures (e.g., CDC BRACE framework) and integrating climate change into ongoing performance improvement measures (e.g., Public Health Accreditation).

To this end, NACCHO, with support from the Climate and Health Program at the CDC, intends to award up to four (4) entities for up to $20,000 each to support climate change and health adaptation initiatives at local organizations. Click here to read the RFA and apply by Monday, December 12, 2022, 11:59 PM PT. We will host an optional informational webinar for interested applicants on Thursday, October 27, 2022, from 2:00 – 2:30 PM ET. The purpose of the webinar is to answer questions about this RFA. No new information will be shared during the webinar; as such, applicants do not need to wait for the optional webinar to begin or submit an application. Register for the webinar.

September 6, 2022 Climate and Health Story Maps – CDC has published three story maps that address important climate and health issues. These story maps, provided below, address the use of green spaces to improve health and mitigate climate change, how the Climate-Ready States and Cities Initiative (CRSCI) helps prevent and reduce the health effects of poor air quality, and what CRSCI grant recipients are doing to prepare for and respond to rising temperatures.

April 22, 2022 CDC’s Climate and Health Program has a new webpage on climate justice. Learn about how CDC is supporting public health departments and climate adaptation planners as they incorporate justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI) principles into their climate and health efforts.

April 15, 2022 The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), with support from CDC, has awarded the Calhoun County Health Department in Illinois, GreenRoots in Massachusetts, and Public Health—Seattle-King County in Washington with $25,000 each to supplement ongoing climate change and health adaptation initiatives at the local level. Learn more here.

AMPLIFY webinar series

The Climate and Health Program’s AMPLIFY webinar series, facilitated by Marketing for Change, is designed to help state and local health departments more effectively communicate the health impacts of climate change in their communities.

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