|Happy New Year! |
OPHA is excited about the many opportunities ahead in the new year. One such opportunity is the expansion of our association to include an Epidemiology Section, which was approved at the December Governing Council meeting. I am grateful to the OPHA members who provided their support to create the new Section, with special thanks to Ross Kauffman for spearheading the effort and serving as the inaugural chair. This new section is open to students and professionals alike. Any OPHA member who is interested to join the Epidemiology Section can do so by updating the member profile on the OPHA website (as a reminder, there is no limit to the number of Sections that a member can join!). In addition, we welcome new members to OPHA and the Section. Please help us to spread the word across Ohio about this new and valuable resource for those who work, study, or are interested in epidemiology!
In 2019, OPHA will continue to focus on our priorities including health and equity in all policies (HEiAP) and climate resiliency, among others. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me if you would like to volunteer for these or any of our other efforts or to share any ideas or suggestions you have for OPHA in the new year.
Warmest wishes for your professional and personal well-being in 2019 and beyond,
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
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
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
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.