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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.


In 2019, 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.


In 2019, 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.


In 2019, 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 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.


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.

Recent Climate & Health Publications

Page last reviewed: September 9, 2019