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Climate Change

Unless action is taken to curb global climate change, within the next 10 years the earth will pass a “tipping point” beyond which devastating consequences will become unavoidable. It is critical that America’s public health systems understand and adapt to the health implications of climate change.

In the Spotlight

NACCHO University, NACCHO's new online learning platform provides courses to help local health department staff develop their public health knowledge and competencies. The Climate Change and Public Health course defines climate change and describes the ways that climate change impact public health by exploring the topic of climate change mitigation and adaptation and local health department roles in each of these areas. Visit NACCHO University today to make sure lifelong learning is a part of your plan for 2014. More »

NACCHO Climate Change Toolkit
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Climate change is impacting the public health of our communities. We are witnessing an increase in extreme heat and precipitation events across the country. Emerging diseases like dengue fever are on the rise. Local health departments can take actions now to effectively protect their communities by preparing and responding to the health effects of climate change.

The NACCHO Climate Change Toolkit is designed to provide tools and resources to help local public health practitioners plan for and address the health effects of climate change in their jurisdictions. This toolkit contains tools and examples to help local health departments with climate change strategic planning, conducting vulnerability assessments, communicating about climate change, adapting to the effects of climate change, and more.

To learn more and access the toolkit, rate tools or submit tools, click more.

New Resources Needed for Climate Change Toolkit

NACCHO is seeking resources for addressing public health issues particular to extreme temperature incidents to be included in the NACCHO Climate Change Toolkit. Resources sought include strategies, protocols, case examples, reports, training materials, messaging materials, presentations, fact sheets, drills, etc. If you have any resources that may be of interest, please submit them directly to the Climate Change Toolkit or send them to Amy Chang ( More »

Featured Resource
Metadata Access Tool for Climate and Health

The Metadata Access Tool for Climate and Health (MATCH) is a publicly accessible, online tool for researchers that offers centralized access to metadata—standardized contextual information—about thousands of government-held datasets related to health, the environment, and climate-science. MATCH is one of a growing number of tools, driven by open data that are being made available by the Obama Administration as fuel for innovation, ideas, and insights— in this case, at the important intersection of climate and human health. Learn more below:

Demonstration Sites
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NACCHO invited local health departments (LHDs) to submit applications in response to a request for proposals to conduct a one-year demonstration project to provide support to LHDs towards increasing the level of coordination and communication between disparate programs involved in addressing the public health consequences of climate change.

Fact sheets about the selected sites and their projects are available below. The fact sheets include a summary of the project, lessons learned, project outcomes, and information on project sustainability and capacity building.

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