Climate Change, Health and Equity: A Guide for Local Health Departments

Date: Aug 15 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Louise Dettman, 202-777-2509

New resource from APHA helps integrate climate change and health equity into practice

Washington, D.C., August 25, 2018 – The American Public Health Association and the Public Health Institute Center for Climate Change and Health have partnered to produce Climate Change, Health and Equity: A Guide for Local Health Departments. Published with funding from the California Department of Public Health and The Kresge Foundation, the guide is a comprehensive resource to help local public health departments integrate climate change and health equity into practice.

Local health departments work across the many sectors that shape community environments and the economic, physical and social conditions in which we live, work, learn and play. More and more, they are addressing the historical and social determinants of health (such as racism, power and disenfranchisement) that have led to and reinforce persistent health inequities in their communities.

As one of the biggest public health threats today, climate change is a health equity issue. "Certain groups, like children, the elderly, the underserved and communities of color, are less climate-resilient and, therefore, more vulnerable to the negative health effects of climate change," said Georges Benjamin, MD, executive director of APHA. "We believe this guide will be of great value, as local health departments are an essential part of the preparation and response needed to protect health and advance health equity in a changing climate."

The guide includes overviews of climate science, health impacts of climate change, how health equity fits into the equation and climate’s effect on public health program areas and functions. It discusses what local health departments can do to integrate climate change and health equity into assessment and surveillance, intersectoral collaboration, community engagement and education, climate and health communications, preparedness and more.

You can follow the conversation on social media using the hashtag #ClimateChangesHealth. For more information on how climate change impacts health and to view Climate Change, Health and Equity: A Guide for Local Health Departments, visit apha.org/climate. And view webinars on climate change.

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