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Climate Change

Climate change affects public health at many dimensions, and local health departments play a vital role in helping communities prepare for and address the health effects of climate change. NACCHO believes, with the necessary resources, local health departments are uniquely positioned to respond to these health impacts and protect the public's health.
In the Spotlight
Climate change and Health directors

NACCHO and the George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication recently conducted a study to gain a greater understanding of public health preparedness for climate change at the local level. NACCHO has published these findings in the report: Are We Ready? Report 2: Preparing for the Public Health Challenges of Climate Change. Key highlights from this study include: nearly 8 out of 10 local health department directors believed climate change was already occurring, and more than half thought climate change was already harming the public, or would begin to do so in the next decade; nearly 8 out of 10 local health department directors believed their local health department lacked the expertise to assess the potential impacts of climate change and effectively create plans to respond to climate change adaptation plans; and nearly 9 out of 10 local health department directors felt their health department lacked sufficient resources to effectively protect the local population from the impacts of climate change. Read the executive summary, and read the full report. 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 »

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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NACCHO University

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 »