The American Public Health Association (APHA) webinar Climate Changes Health: Two CDC BRACE Grantees Take Steps Toward Adaptation will provide information about the CDC’s BRACE (Building Resilience Against Climate Effects) framework and share climate adaptation steps communities in Oregon and Vermont are taking to prevent the health threats related to climate change.
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.
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.
"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."
CDC saw the need for and developed a comprehensive approach for public health agencies to anticipate, prepare for and respond to the numerous challenges presented by the effects of climate change on human health. This presentation will highlight initiatives underway and tools in development for establishing 'climate ready' public health agencies. The speaker will describe successes and challenges implementing CDC's process for building climate resilience capabilities in Arizona, and share lessons learned and best practices in implementing the framework at your agency.
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.
NEHA 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! Climate and Health Blogs:
NEW! 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.
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.
NEW! Webinar Recording: NEHA and ecoAmerica: A Sneak-Peek at Two AEC Climate and Health Sessions, May 23, 1:00-2:30pm ET
The Climate Science Special Report, released by the U.S. Global Change Research Program, describes current trends in the climate globally and for the U.S., as well as projects trends in temperature, precipitation, sea-level rise, and Arctic Sea ice for the remainder of this century.
The Lancet Countdown’s 2017 report tracks 40 indicators across five areas, arriving at three key conclusions: 1) the human symptoms of climate change are unequivocal and potentially irreversible; 2) the delayed response to climate change over the past 25 years has jeopardized human life and livelihoods; and 3) the past five years have seen an accelerated response.
AEC Climate Change Sessions and Related Topics
Articles by Journal of Environmental Health:
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)
Articles by Dr. David Dyjack:
February 2017: NEHA Climate Change Policy Statement (PDF)
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.