NEW! CDC’s Climate and Health Program has launched a guide to support health department staff in conducting cross-sector outreach for climate adaptation planningpdf icon. Health departments have a key role to play in helping states, cities, and tribes prepare for and prevent the public health impacts of a changing climate. The ten sectors included in this guide can be important partners for effective climate adaptation planning: Agriculture, Emergency Response & Disaster Preparedness, Energy & Utilities, Healthcare, Meteorology & Climatology, Sustainability & Green Design, Transportation Planning Urban Planning & Land Use, Water Utilities, Sewer & Watershed Management, and Wildland Management & Forestry. The PDF describes what each sector does, how they work on climate and health, and ways health departments can consider collaborating with these sectors.
NEW! From 2017–2019, the National Indian Health Board worked with the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community (Swinomish) through the Climate Ready Tribes project which is funded by CDC’s Climate and Health Program. For the project, Swinomish adapted the Building Resilience Against Climate Effects (BRACE) framework to better reflect indigenous health definitions and priorities.
Swinomish has developed a series of online, freely accessible modules that describe why and how Swinomish modified BRACE (module 1external icon). Swinomish has also provided an example of how the tribe used the indigenized BRACE framework in a climate change and health assessment project (module 2external icon). Other tribes may tailor the process and methods for adapting BRACE in their own communities. Read more hereexternal icon.
NEW! The National Environmental Health Association, with funding from the CDC Climate and Health Program recently awarded grants for projects to develop tools and increase capacity to include health as part of climate change adaptation Clackamas County, Oregon and the Minnesota Department of Health. Clackamas County will partner with neighboring counties to complete a regional climate and health impact assessment report and develop a data visualization tool. Minnesota will develop a user-friendly, open-access online geographic information system tool to map exposures and sensitivities to climate change. For more information on the demonstration grants, see: https://neha.org/news-events/latest-news/neha-awards-two-climate-and-health-mini-grantsexternal icon
NEW! CDC’s Climate and Health Program is partnering withexternal icon the CDC Foundation in assessing communities’ capacity to enhance our understanding of the most promising and effective strategies to prepare for and address the potential health effects of climate change.
NEW! The Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists, with funding from the CDC Climate and Health Program, in 2019 awarded three one-time funding awards to assess climate and respiratory health issues. The grantees are San Mateo County Health, Washington State Department of Health, and Propeller Health. San Mateo will assess the magnitude and trends of asthma burden in San Mateo County and adapt the Community Health Vulnerability Index for their jurisdiction. Washington State will develop best practice guidance on wildfire communications outreach and test the utility of low-cost air quality sensors during wildfires. Propeller Health will evaluate the impact of respiratory health communication tools on patient health, specifically mobile applications, and develop health outreach guidance.
The National Association of County and City Health Officials, with funding from the CDC Climate and Health Program, in 2019 awarded two jurisdictions one-time funding for local health adaptations: the Boston Public Health Commission and the Marquette County (MI) Health Department. Boston will use the grant to support the translation and printing of extreme temperature resource guides to reach multiple populations, particularly non-English speakers. Marquette County will develop a public health emergency response plan addressing climate change-related localized flooding, which is predicted to increase in this rural locality. Learn more about NACCHO’s climate change workexternal icon.
The National Indian Health Board, with funding from the CDC Climate and Health Program, in 2019 selected four awardees for the Climate Ready Tribes initiative. The Lummi Nation (Washington State), the Pala Band of Mission Indians (California), and the Sitka Tribe of Alaska (Alaska) have received awards to support local climate and health-related projects. The Kaw Nation (Oklahoma) received a mini-award for a project focused on local community education and outreach related to climate change and health. The new awardees join the previous cohort: the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community (Washington State), the Village of Wainwright (Alaska), and the Blackfeet Nation (Montana). More information on the Climate Ready Tribes project can be found on the NIHB websiteexternal icon and the new project fact sheetpdf iconexternal icon.
- Climate and Health: A Guide for Cross-Sector Collaboration pdf icon[PDF – 13 MB]
- Evidence on the use of Integrated Mosquito Management to Reduce the Risk of West Nile Outbreak after a Flooding Event pdf iconpdf icon[PDF – 13 MB]
- Coastal Flooding, Climate Change, and Your Health: What You Can Do to Prepare Cdc-pdf pdf icon[PDF – 14.7 MB]
- Climate Change and Extreme Heat: What You Can Do to Prepare Cdc-pdf pdf icon[PDF – 8MB]
- Health Harm Cards: Climate’s Effect on Health pdf icon[PDF – 8 MB]
- Infographic: Climate and Community Health pdf icon[PDF – 452 KB]
- Climate and Health Planning Worksheet: Preparing a Coordinated Community Response pdf icon[PDF – 150 KB]
- How Climate Affects Community Health: A Social Media Toolkit pdf icon[PDF – 3 MB]
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.