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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
Climate Change Spotlight: Smoke Stacks

May 14, 12:00 PM ET
The National Association of County and City Health Officials, the Public Health Institute (PHI), the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, with funding from the Kresge Foundation are proud to present the Climate Change and Health: A Framework for Action webinar. In this webinar, PHI’s Center for Climate Change & Health presents Climate Change and Health: A Framework for Action, mapping climate change processes against a social determinants of health framework to identify opportunities for action at the intersection of climate and health. The framework is based on interviews and focus groups with over 135 people working in climate change and in public health, and builds upon the Bay Area Regional Health Inequities Initiative’s Public Health Framework for Reducing Health Inequities (2006), and on the Climate Change and Health Framework developed by Patz and Haines (JAMA, 2004). It endeavors to provide a visual way to understand the relationships between climate change and health/health inequities, and how public health and climate change interventions are linked. 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 »

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 »

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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