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Incorporating Principles of Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Climate Adaptation Planning

Climate Webinar //


Feb 22 2022, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST


State, tribal, territorial, and local health departments are addressing the urgent need to adapt to the health impacts of climate change. To aid in these efforts, CDC’s Building Resilience Against Climate Effects, or BRACE, framework was created to navigate the health adaptation process.

Due to systemic biases, a history of racist policies and practices, and a lack of resources, justice, equity, diversity and inclusion, or JEDI, are not always a leading emphasis in health adaptation planning.


This webinar:

New to the CDC's BRACE framework? Learn more, and take a look at the Climate-Ready States & Cities Initiative grant recipients who are leading by implementing these principles.


Welcome and Introduction
Sharunda Buchanan, PhD, MS
Director, Office of Priority Projects and Innovation, Office of the Director, National Center for Environmental Health/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Overview: Climate Change and Health Playbook: Adaptation planning for Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Katherine Catalano, MS
Deputy Director, Center for Climate, Health and Equity, American Public Health Association

Panel Discussion: Applying principles of JEDI in health and environmental agencies

  • Surili Sutaria Patel, MS (moderator)
    Vice President, Metropolitan Group
  • Dorette Quintana English, MA
    Health Planning and Policy Specialist, CalBRACE Project, Climate Change & Health Equity Program, Office of Health Equity, California Department of Public Health
  • Lauren Thie, MSPH
    Environmental Program Consultant, Division of Public Health, Occupational & Environmental Epidemiology Branch, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services
  • Crystal Tulley-Cordova, PhD, MWR
    Principal Hydrologist, Navajo Nation Department of Water Resources, Water Management Branch

Questions? Contact Katherine Catalano

This webinar was funded through cooperative agreement NU38OT000294 between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Public Health Association. The contents of this webinar are solely the responsibility of the presenters and do not necessarily represent the official views of the American Public Health Association or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.