SUS1403: Building Resilience Against Climate Effects: A Framework for State and Local Health Departments

Speakers: Matthew Roach, MPH

 

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.

 

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Although scientific consensus indicates that climate change is occurring and will have significant effects on human health, numerous challenges are presented for public health agencies to anticipate, prepare for and respond to the effects. In response to the need for a comprehensive approach to anticipate and address the health effects of climate change, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has initiated a range of activities to provide greater insight and guidance to state and local public health agencies.

This presentation highlights new guidance for establishing 'climate ready' public health agencies. A 5-stage process has been developed to support state and city health agencies to achieve goals set out in CDC's Climate Ready States and Cities Initiative. This guidance can be applied by public health agencies at all tiers of government. The 5 stages plot a process to:

         build understanding of climate scenarios

         develop tools and models that assist with anticipating the most likely health impacts

         identify vulnerable populations

         plan and prioritize response

         enhance response/interventions

The presentation highlights efforts under way to translate the latest findings from the atmospheric and climatic sciences, and to develop related tools that are tailored for use by the public health community. The speaker will describe initiatives under way that include enhanced surveillance activities, strategies to model vulnerability to climate-sensitive health outcomes, and methods to identify and assess interventions used to reduce adverse health impacts on vulnerable populations.

The speaker discusses initiatives that are building climate resilience capabilities within state and local health departments which will enable the agencies to forecast the most likely future health impacts from a changing climate within their area, identify communities and systems most at risk, and apply this learning to enhance public health preparedness planning and response. The speaker will describe successes and challenges implementing CDC's process and share lessons learned for best practices in implementing the Framework at a state health department.