Tag Archives: Climate Change

Climate Resilience Resource for Local Health Departments Released

The Ohio Public Health Resiliency Coalition formed by OPHA has released a resource for addressing the public health impacts of climate change. The document looks the potential adverse outcomes that Ohio communities may face and suggests adaptations public health professionals can make.  It was released during the 2018 Public Health Combined Conference. The full release follows.

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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 https://www.nrdc.org/climate-change-and-health-air-quality#/map/detail/OH.

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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