Environmental Health professionals work closely with their communities to ensure the safety of the resources we use every day; from the air we breathe to the food we eat and the water we drink. These resources are being impacted, now, by climate impacts. The upcoming NEHA Annual Educational Conference highlights current efforts by the Environmental Health workforce to implement climate and health into their day-to-day work. Sessions occurring on Climate + Health Day, Tuesday July 10th include:
Climate Change and Health: Results from Three Annual Surveys of NEHA Members (Cheekwood F, 9:00- 9:50am) will be an interactive discussion highlighting NEHA members’ perceptions of climate change in their work.
2019 Actions Across the Nation to Address Climate Change (Cheekwood F, 10:30- 11:50am) will be covering temperature comparisons with Alaska and other areas of the US are highlighted. The basics of Net Zero construction are discussed, together with zero emissions vehicles, and will provide tangible tools for climate readiness.
Helping Communities Prepare for the Health Effects of Climate Change: Updates from CDC (Cheekwood F, 1:30 PM-1:50 PM) will cover CDC's Building Resilience Against Climate Effects (BRACE) framework which is a five-step process for public health practitioners to develop strategies and programs to help communities prepare for the health effects of climate change. This presentation will describe new BRACE resources, data, and tools that CDC Climate and Health Program has developed to help states, cities, Tribes, and Territories prepare for climate change.
Helping Communities Prepare for the Health Effects of Climate Change: Updates from CDC (Cheekwood F, 1:00-1:20pm) will cover CDC's Building Resilience Against Climate Effects (BRACE) framework which is a five-step process for public health practitioners to develop strategies and programs to help communities prepare for the health effects of climate change. This presentation will describe new BRACE resources, data, and tools that CDC Climate and Health Program has developed to help states, cities, Tribes, and Territories prepare for climate change.
The Power of Narrative: Multi-Media Approaches to Build Neighborhood-Based Climate Resilience (Cheekwood F, 1:30-1:50PM) goes over the City of Cambridge, MA, which is preparing a Climate Change Resilience and Preparedness Plan. They have efforts underway to engage in non-traditional outreach strategies to broaden community participation. The Cambridge Public Health Department has initiated a pilot project to create a series of videos featuring resident narratives to extend the climate change conversation to harder to reach populations and open channels of dialogue with city officials. The project's far-reaching vision is to bring the voices and narratives of the most highly impacted residents into the forefront of city policy and planning discussions to increase social and community resilience to climate change.
Climate Change and Heat Related Illnesses (Cheekwood F, 2:00-2:50PM), highlights a suggested framework for a multilevel intervention targeting heat related illness prevention among migrant farmworkers in Kentucky. The intervention mapping framework (Eldredge et al., 2016) was used to conduct a needs assessment of the priority population. Behavioral and environmental factors identified were used to craft matrices of performance objectives, changeable behavior determinants and change objectives. The presentation will discuss theory-based intervention methods, practical applications, and an implementation and evaluation plan.
Climate Change: Insights on Policy, Innovation, and Challenges from Alaska (Cheekwood F, 4:00-4:50PM), will be looking at some of the interesting developments in Alaska regarding climate change and creating and maintaining healthy, sustainable communities. Location has a lot to do with the forecast impacts and potential mitigation; Alaska has experience in developing projects and programs to address the expansive and geographically diverse effects. The presentation emphasizes innovations and challenges for policy going forward, all while taking place in a new state government Administration and with the national leadership on energy and environment skeptical of addressing the policies needed to increase energy efficiency, invest in renewable energy, and build infrastructure that will support the future. Nowhere is this more evident than in America's portion of the Arctic. There are promising innovations in both drinking water and sanitation and renewable energy taking place in Alaska's Northwest Arctic Borough (NAB).
Climate change sessions on July 11th include:
NEHA Calls for Climate Change to be a National Priority (Cheekwood GH, 8:00-8:20am), will highlight NEHA’s efforts for climate and health work, 100% clean energy declaration, and tools and strategies to implement climate mitigation. NEHA’s Climate and Health subcommittee is comprised of EH professionals who work on climate & health day to day, and they are participating in the sessions at the AEC. They are instrumental in directing the climate work that NEHA does.
New Vector Stories Thanks to Climate Change (Hermitage B, 2:00-2:20pm) will discuss how Climate Change impacts are causing higher temperatures and longer “breeding months” within the environment which allow insects and related vectors to propagate & survive. These environmental changes have given opportunistic vectors new habitat locations (such as expanding to colder regions from warmer climes) and for the level of their infections to become more pathogenic. Several case examples, including episodes from Virginia will be discussed.
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