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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