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Climate Change

Climate Change

Addressing climate change can be an overwhelming and daunting task, but when all individuals in a community engage, prepare, and collaborate on effective climate change strategies, then partnerships and solutions arise. Evaluating baseline opinions, values, core beliefs, and identities of a community’s diverse population will allow environmental health professionals to better understand how and where behavior change can produce maximum results. Promoting long-term planning for climate change is important. Communities must create and be examples of more efficient and sustainable lifestyles, such as using active and mass transportation, reducing waste, and conserving energy and water.


NEHA Climate Change Policy Statement

NEHA's Board of Directors adopted NEHA's Climate Change Policy Statement written by NEHA's Climate Change Committee. Climate change is affecting environmental health—the quality of air, food, and water in the communities where we live, work, and play (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). NEHA recognizes climate change as a world-wide environmental health problem that has health and safety impacts to individuals and communities. Environmental health professionals improve and protect the public’s health and create and sustain healthy communities. It is NEHA’s responsibility to support the capacity of environmental health professionals to address the health impacts of climate change with risk assessment, adaptation, and mitigation planning.

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Climate for Health logoNEHA and ecoAmerica's Climate for Health Partnership

NEHA is excited to announce its new partnership with ecoAmerica’s Climate for Health program. Please see the new ecoAmerica resources and other recent climate reports. Together, NEHA and Climate for Health are building visible national leadership on climate solutions and institutionalizing climate action as a health imperative; developing and supporting climate literate environmental health professionals that can lead on climate; engaging all leadership, members, and stakeholders; and building collective support and action for climate solutions within the NEHA community and across the health sector.

ecoAmerica’s Climate for Health program partners with America’s leading health associations and institutions to make climate change a top national health priority. Click here for Climate for Health resources and tools.


New! Video: Addressing Climate Change Impacts

NEHA, in partnership with ecoAmerica, Climate for Health, has developed a five-minute video featuring NEHA members’ success stories addressing climate change impacts from Cambridge, Massachusetts; Salt Lake County, Utah; and Franklin County, Ohio. Environmental health professionals and members of NEHA’s Climate Change Committee share their inspiring stories addressing strategies for adaptation, mitigation at the community level, and strong coalitions and collaborations.

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Climate and Health Blogs: 

As part of its partnership with ecoAmerica’s Climate for Health, NEHA is contributing blogs on climate change.

NEW! October 2018: NEHA and Climate for Health Release New Video Addressing Climate Change Impacts & Solutions written by NEHA Staff and members of NEHA's Climate Change Committee. 

August 2018: Climate Change and the Built Environment: It’s Time to Make Changes written by Felix I. Zemel, MCP, MPH, DrPHc, Co-Chair of NEHA's Climate Change Committee.

June 2018: Humans Have a Right to Clean Air and a Healthy Climate written by Richard Valentine, NEHA’s Climate Change Technical Advisor and Chair of its Climate Change Committee.

May 2018: NEHA Members’ Climate and Health Awareness: Challenges, Growth, and Solutions written by NEHA staff. The blog is written based on NEHA's Climate Metrics Survey results report in partnership with ecoAmerica and Climate for Health.

February 2018: Honoring Our Heritage, Leaving a Legacy: Environmental Health and Climate Change written by NEHA's Climate Change Committee member, Richard Hicks.

Please see other related climate change blogs.


NEHA Climate Metrics Survey Results

Please see NEHA's Climate Metrics Survey results report (2017) in partnership with ecoAmerica and Climate for Health. NEHA invited its members to participate in an online survey to determine members’ attitudes and behaviors on climate change. This survey was part of a national survey sponsored by ecoAmerica and Climate for Health. The report highlights key NEHA member results and comparisons to a representative national sample of U.S. adults, and a sample of NEHA members in 2016.


Webinar Recording: NEHA and ecoAmerica: A Sneak-Peek at Two AEC Climate and Health Sessions, May 23, 2018 

NEHA and ecoAmerica hosted a webinar to preview two climate and health presentations at NEHA's AEC & Exhibition: Climate for Health Ambassadors Training and the latest NEHA Climate Metrics Survey results. This is an opportunity to get a sneak-peek before the AEC to learn more about these presentations. The Climate for Health Ambassadors orientation provides an overview of the full training program’s content, including a Q&A section. Content includes Climate 101, Climate Impacts on Health, Climate Solutions and Health Benefits, and Communicating on Climate and Health. Please see the Climate for Health Ambassadors Training promotion for more information. Please also see the accompanying webinar slides.

NEHA Resources:

AEC Climate Change Sessions and Related Topics

NEHA 2017 AEC Educational Sessions

NEHA 2010 - 2015 AEC Recorded Climate Change and Sustainability Sessions

Articles by Journal of Environmental Health:

April 2017: Reframing Climate Change for Environmental Health

April 2017: A Comparison of Heat Wave Response Plans From an Aged Care Facility Perspective

March 2017: E-Journal Bonus Article: A Study of Parents’ Perception of Air Pollution and Its Effect on Their Children’s Respiratory Health in Nanchang, China

November 2016: An Assessment of Life Cycle Greenhouse Gas Emissions Associated With the Use of Water, Sand, and Chemicals in Shale Gas Production of the Pennsylvania Marcellus Shale

May 2016: Association Between Asthma Hospital Visits and Ozone Concentration in Maricopa County, Arizona (2007–2012)

May 2016: Associations Between Ultrafine Particles and Co-Pollutant Concentrations in the Tampa Bay Area

January/February 2016: The Impact of Extremes in Outdoor Temperature and Sunshine Exposure on Birth Weight

April 2014: 2012 NEHA/UL Sabbatical Report Vulnerability to Potential Impacts of Climate Change: Adaptation and Risk Communication Strategies for Environmental Health Practitioners in the United Kingdom (PDF)

October 2012: Altitude and Environmental Climate Effects on Bronchiolitis Severity Among Children Presenting to the Emergency Department (PDF)

Articles by Dr. David Dyjack:

September 2014: The Implications for Public Health when “Weird Weather” becomes the New Normal

April 2014: Local Public Health Department Funding for Climate Change

March 2014: Water Scarcity: California Drought Prompts Tough Questions for Public Health

Policy Statements:

February 2017: NEHA Climate Change Policy Statement (PDF)

NEHA Climate Change Committee

NEHA program committees provide guidance, input and expertise to NEHA leadership and program staff, fellow environmental health professionals and partner organizations on environmental health policies and programs. The Climate Change Committee Mission, Goals, and its Members are listed here.


For additional resources and reports, click here.
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