Category Archives: Climate Effects

OPHA Updating Climate Report

Ohio Public Health Resiliency Coalition is in the process of updating the 2017 report on public health impacts of climate change and climate-related weather events in Ohio communities.

Potential public health-related impacts associated with climate change include: extreme weather events; decline in air quality; increased production of pollens; heat stroke and heat-related illnesses; altered environmental conditions that foster the spread of communicable and vector-borne diseases; decreased food supply; decreased water quality; increased mental health stress.

The follow-up report will include findings from the most recent survey as well as current resources for educating the community about issues created by changing climate.

Background:  OPHA formed the Ohio Public Health Resiliency Coalition to develop a resource for use by local public health professionals in their efforts to address the public health impacts of climate change and climate-related weather events in their communities. The document, titled “Climate Resilience in Ohio – A Public Health Approach to Preparedness and Planning” is a tool which focused on the risks and adverse outcomes that the communities served by Ohio’s local health departments are likely to face due to climate change effects. The report was released during the 2018 Public Health Combined Conference.

Report Details Climate Change Damage

A new report published by The Lancet  provides data on human deaths, the spread of infectious disease and other health effect directly due to climate change.  While the report, titled The Lancet Countdown: Tracking Progress on Health and Climate Change, claims some damage cannot be undone, it also says a comprehensive approach to tackling climate change is “the greatest global health opportunity of the 21st century”.

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Report Looks at Air Quality in Ohio

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) has released a report on climate change and air quality. It offers a brief overview of air quality issues in Ohio. A graphic showing the air quality issues by county is provided on the NRDC’s website. Click the link for more details

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Climate Health Effects Work Group Convenes

OPHA has convened a work group comprised of various stakeholders to begin drafting an assessment of the possible climate events that could impact the public’s health in Ohio. This group will also identify which populations might be most vulnerable to the health effects of climate events. Health commissioners, environmental health professionals, health educators, epidemiologists and administrators have convened thus far. Continue reading Climate Health Effects Work Group Convenes

Let’s Talk Health & Climate Change

From ecoAmerica’s “Let’s Talk Health & Climate Change: Communication Guidance for Health Professionals” introduction: Now is the time for health professionals to elevate our climate leadership throughout our organizations, communities, and nation. Health can be a game-changing driver for climate solutions. Continue reading Let’s Talk Health & Climate Change

Assessing Health Vulnerability to Climate Change

From the CDC’s “Assessing Health Vulnerability to Climate Change: A Guide for Health Departments”: The changing climate is linked to increases in a wide range of non-communicable and infectious diseases . There are complex ways in which climatic factors (like temperature, humidity, precipitation, extreme weather events, and sea-level rise) can directly or indirectly affect the prevalence of disease. Identification of communities and places vulnerable to these  changes can help health departments assess and prevent associated adverse health impacts. Continue reading Assessing Health Vulnerability to Climate Change

Climate Models and the Use of Climate Projections

From the CDC Report: “Climate Models and the Use of Climate Projections: A Brief Overview for Health Departments”

When assessing and preparing for the human health effects of climate change, public health practitioners will likely need to access climatological information. Projected climate data, such as future temperature and precipitation, can be used to assess vulnerability and project disease burden. However,  state and local health departments often do not have the capacity to utilize climate data or climate  projections. This document provides a definition for climate outlooks and climate models and describes  particular outlooks and models that may be useful in anticipating the human health effects of climate  change. It also includes a topic overview and some suggested initial methods for state and local health  departments. Read the full report here

Franklin County Health Map

From the “Franklin County Health Map”: The Franklin County Community Health Needs Assessment Steering Committee is pleased to provide residents of central Ohio with a comprehensive overview of our community’s health status and needs via the Franklin County HealthMap2016. Franklin County HealthMap2016 is the result of a broad collaborative effort, coordinated by the Central Ohio Hospital Council (COHC), intended to help hospitals and other organizations better understand the health needs and priorities of Franklin County residents.

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