Climate Change

Climate Change Impacts and Options: Case Studies in the Northwest Arctic Borough, Alaska

In the Northwest Arctic Borough, the impact of climate on environmental conditions is a fact of life, and with this comes a substantial challenge to the Native Inupiat lifestyle, culture, and traditional subsistence "way of life." Like areas which are being inundated by sea level rise, these changes are affecting drinking water, sanitation and other infrastructure at the "coalface" where these impacts are most evident in the US.

Non-Healthcare Approaches to Improving Health - Environmental Issues

To gain a better understanding of cross sectoral approaches to addressing the social determinants of health, the Association of Academic Health Centers is conducting interviews with individuals from organizations utilizing non-healthcare approaches to improving health. This session will focus on the stories of two organizations addressing environmental issues - one focusing on environmental health, and one on climate change & global health - and how they can collaborate with academic health centers to improve health.

NEHA supports the President's Clean Power Plan

"Environmental health professionals work in your communities to protect your air, food, and water.  The President’s Clean Power Plan builds on our profession’s efforts to create safe and healthy communities by limiting carbon pollution from power plants, which will improve and protect the public’s health now and for years to come. We welcome and support this significant milestone."

Protecting Vulnerable Populations from Heat-Related Illnesses During Extreme Heat Events

Extreme Heat Events (EHE) result in needless heat- related illnesses and deaths. The general public can seek respite, but vulnerable confined populations, such as those in prisons and jails, don't have that freedom. This presentation addresses the components of the "heat index," temperature and humidity, in confined spaces and the impact they can have in a court of law, especially when these localized measurements are taken into account with climate data. Explore the role EH professionals have in protecting the health of the institutionalized population during extreme heat events.

Leading Interdisciplinary Partnerships to Tackle Climate Change

Climate change will bring myriad environmental health challenges: worse air pollution, wildfires, and floods are just some examples. Viewing these threats through a public health lens is a powerful way to engage other stakeholders as well as the public. This session will share proven methods for creating and sustaining inter-agency partnerships to successfully tackle climate change through achieving common goals.

Presented at NEHA 2015 AEC

Join the Discussion: The Importance of Locally-specific Climate Change-related Health Outcome Tools.

During this session, learn how the relationship between extreme heat events and mortality and morbidity in King County, Washington, translates into localized risk charts and vulnerability maps for use by county health planners. This session will provide the opportunity for participants to share and discuss their own experiences with public health resource planning around issues of climate change.

Presented at NEHA 2015 AEC

Are We Ready? The Viewpoints of Local Health Departments on Climate Change

The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) and the George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication conducted a study to gain a greater understanding of public health preparedness for climate change at the local level. This presentation highlights the viewpoints and programmatic work of local health departments on climate change, and provides a pathway to build awareness and advocate for policies, plans, and programs to support climate change mitigation, and adaptation at the local level.


Presented at NEHA 2015 AEC

An Evaluation of the Heat Relief Network Cooling Centers in Maricopa County

Maricopa County Department of Public Health and affiliates administered a survey to evaluate designated cooling centers, which were created as part of a county-wide response to a spike in heat-associated deaths, primarily among the homeless population. Survey results highlight cooling center expansion opportunities, recognize best practices for communities with chronic environmental heat, and reinforce the need for community and governmental partnership. Attendees will leave with the information needed to set up a framework for conducting similar evaluation projects.