CLIMATE & HEALTH: A Decade of Preparing Communities
CDC’s Climate and Health Program is celebrating 10 years of supporting state, tribal, local, and territorial public health agencies as they prepare for the continuing health impacts of a changing climate. The exhibition includes photographs by prominent photojournalists and dramatic maps to tell representative stories about the intersections of climate and health: ongoing heatwaves, California forest fires, and flooding in the Midwest.
Launched with 10 projects in 2010, CDC’s Climate-Ready States and Cities Initiative is now working with 18 states and communities around the nation to implement its five-step Building Resilience Against Climate Effects (BRACE) framework. This tool helps public health agencies identify likely climate impacts, potential health effects associated with these impacts, and the populations and locations most at-risk for these impacts. This critical information is used to develop and implement health adaptation plans and to address gaps in critical public health functions and services. The program has also created a suite of communication products and guidance to help BRACE participants better communicate with local communities and partners about these climate and health impacts.
Climate & Health: A Decade of Preparing Communities is organized and sponsored by the David J. Sencer CDC Museum, Office of the Associate Director for Communication; and the Climate and Health Program, National Center for Environmental Health.