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NEW!  CDC’s Climate and Health Program has launched a technical report on heat response plans pdf icon[PDF – 14 MB]. The document is intended to give a summary of extreme heat, the health burden of heat exposure, the impacts of climate change, and components and effectiveness of heat response plans with a focus on relevant peer-reviewed literature and existing heat response plans. Resources and examples of successful implementation and potential collaborative efforts are included.

NEW!  In January 2020 the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), with support from CDC, launched an Interactive Climate Adaptation Mapexternal icon which showcases state and territorial health agency climate adaptation plans and resources. The map is located on ASTHO’s Climate Change webpageexternal icon. To let ASTHO know about a state or territorial health agency that has completed an adaptation plan or has contributed to a multi-agency plan not represented on the map, contact Kathy Dolan.

NEW! The Kaw Nation, Pala Band of Mission Indians, and Lummi Nation have released a series of communication products as part of their 2019 projects supported by CDC’s Climate and Health Program in partnership with the National Indian Health Board (NIHB). The Kaw Nation has a series of fact sheets on air qualitypdf iconexternal icon, extreme precipitationpdf iconexternal icon, rising temperatures and humiditypdf iconexternal icon, and vector-borne diseasepdf iconexternal icon. The Pala Band of Mission Indians created fact sheets on drought, elevated temperatures, storms and flooding, and wildfireexternal icon.  Additional information about this work is available at the Climate-Ready Tribes Initiativeexternal icon website.

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 climate change. 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! Animated video describing the Building Resistance Against Climate Effects (BRACE) framework.

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 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 adaptation to climate change in 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.


Fourth National Climate Assessmentexternal icon

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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Page last reviewed: February 3, 2020