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"We're committed to making sure the nation knows about the effects of climate change on health. If anyone doesn't think this is a severe problem, they are fooling themselves." -- APHA Executive Director Georges Benjamin, in The Washington Post

 

New Resource

Climate Change, Health, and EquityAs one of the biggest public health threats today, climate change is a health equity issue. Authored by Public Health Institute with support from APHA, the Kresge Foundation, and the California Department of Public health, Climate Change, Health, and Equity: A Guide for Local Health Departments (PDF) is designed to help local public health departments integrate climate change and health equity into practice. View the overview (PDF) for a snapshot of the guide. And if you'd like a higher-resolution version of the guide, visit our Climate Change, Health, and Equity page or email us.

The guide includes overviews of climate science, health impacts of climate change and how health equity fits into the equation. It discusses what local health departments can do to include climate change and health equity into assessment and surveillance, intersectoral collaboration, community engagement and education, climate and health communications, preparedness and more.

Check out our webinar showcasing examples of climate change and health equity activities taking place in local health departments across the nation. 

Adaptation in Action

States across the nation are taking action to reduce the effects of climate change on health. Learn more: Adaptation in Action Part II 2018: Grantee Success Stories from CDC's Climate and Health Program (PDF). 

Climate Changes Health

Climate change can harm the water supply, increase vector-borne disease and increase extreme weather events. Vulnerable populations such as communities of color, the elderly, young children, the poor and those with chronic illnesses bear the greatest burden of injury, disease and death related to climate change. As an APHA priority, we believe in the need for strong climate change strategies and interventions that protect people's health. The public health community plays a critical role.

Urge your members of Congress to cosponsor the Climate Change Health Protection and Promotion Act. And read "The Remarkable Inconsistency of Climate Denial."

Follow the conversation online using the hashtag #ClimateChangesHealth

With participation from members, experts and partners, APHA formed a multiyear strategic plan (PDF) to address climate change and health. The strategic plan was developed to support the vision, "Climate change is a national priority with broad political and social support. Our nation will address it in ways that improve public health and health equity, creating the healthiest nation in one generation." 

Climate & Health Solutions for Our Future APHA is pleased to share that the Medical Society Consortium on Climate & Health, a group of member medical societies and health- and science-based organizations, hosted the Climate & Health Solutions Conference. The conference included presentations on a range of solutions such as: pricing carbon, accelerating the transition to clean energy, and greening the health sector. Check out the presentation slides and video recordings.

Questions? Please contact our environmental health team or reach out on Twitter to @EH_4_All.

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CLEAN POWER PLAN

APHA applauds the Clean Power Plan, a bold strategy against climate change introduced by the White House and EPA that is projected to reduce carbon pollution from power plants by 32 percent by 2030 and protect the health of our nation for generations to come.

APHA CLIMATE CHANGE RESOURCES

Public Health Newswire: Global climate action: A public health imperative

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

APHA among groups disappointed in proposal to revoke Clean Power Plan (APHA news release)

Learn about New York State's efforts, highlighted in this story from the field: Successfully Preparing for Climate Change in New York State

From The Nation's HealthClimate change to take center stage at APHA 2017 in Atlanta and California strengthens its role as leader on climate change

Health Approaches to Climate Change: How do health care providers and public health professionals approach climate change differently? (PDF)

The Nation's Health cover story: Public health taking action as climate change heats up

Climate Change Fact Sheets

Infographic: How Climate Change Affects Your Health

The Nation's Health  cover story: Vulnerable populations at risk from the effects of climate change: Public health working to find solutions

Health Equity in a Changing Climate

Adaptation in Action: Grantee Success Stories from CDC's Climate and Health Program (PDF)

Climate Change: Endangering Human Health and Wellbeing (PDF)

Climate Change: Mastering the Public Health Role, A Practical Guidebook (PDF)

Get the Facts: Transportation, Climate Change and Public Health (PDF)

Webinar series on climate and health

The Nation's Health  cover story: Global climate change treaty to have public health impacts

Public Health Newswire: APHA, experts discuss climate and health at White House Summit

Share our climate and health infographic

Safer climate, healthier nation (blog post by APHA Executive Director Georges Benjamin and EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy)

2017 Declaration on Climate Change and Health (PDF)

APHA policy statement: Public Health Opportunities to Address the Health Effects of Climate Change

APHA’s Get Ready Campaign's September 2015 Google Hangout featured an exceptional panel of experts who shared their perspectives about climate change. 

APHA and the CDC presented the webinar Climate Changes Health: Two CDC BRACE Grantees Take Steps Toward Adaptation. Listen to the recorded webinar.

 

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