Natural Environment

Climate Change

Many state and territorial health departments are already working to combat the health impacts of climate change such as extreme heat, changes in vector-borne disease patterns, and transmission of waterborne diseases. ASTHO is helping its members prepare for climate change in the same way they prepare for natural disasters, extreme weather, and bioterrorism.

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ASTHO's Extreme Weather and Climate Readiness: Toolkit for State and Territorial Health Departments 
This toolkit, a product of ASTHOs Climate Change Collaborative, outlines a comprehensive approach to integrating climate readiness into seven key public health programs.

Building Climate Change Capacity

Climate Change Capacity Building Grants
ASTHO, in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/National Center for Environmental Health, funds and supports demonstration projects that establish coordinating opportunities for climate change at state and territorial health agencies (S/THAs).

ASTHO's Climate Change Needs Assessment Surveys
ASTHO aims to help state health agencies prepare for health effects related to climate change by building capacity for climate change response

Climate Change: A Serious Threat to Public Health 
This brief fact sheet summarizes the highlights of ASTHO’s comprehensive needs assessment on climate change. The fact sheet is intended for use by policymakers, community leaders and other key stakeholders.

Workforce Resources For Climate Change Programs 
In difficult economic times, it can be difficult to find the needed workforce capacity to address climate change as a public health issue. Fortunately, there are a few programs that could potentially fill this gap on a temporary basis. This one page primer contains important details about the Public Health Prevention Service, the Epidemic Intelligence Service, and CSTE Fellows.

Other Resources

Extreme Weather and Climate Readiness Toolkit for State and Territorial Health Departments
This toolkit, a product of ASTHOs Climate Change Collaborative, outlines a comprehensive approach to integrating climate readiness into seven key public health programs.

Building Resilience Against Climate Effects (Part 1) 
June 12, 2013 
CDC has developed a framework that supports health departments to incorporate advanced climate models into health department planning and response activities. The Building Resilience Against Climate Effects (BRACE) framework is a five step process that enables a health department to anticipate the change in disease rates linked to the changing climate and associated environmental conditions. BRACE is designed to improve the quality of inputs and assumptions made during the traditional planning process, and supports the development and implementation of a unified climate and health adaptation strategy for a jurisdiction.

Building Resilience Against Climate Events: Climate-Ready States (Part 2) 
July 17, 2013 
This second webinar in this two-part series will showcase the efforts of two state health departments and how they used the Building Resilience Against Climate Effects (BRACE) framework to address climate- and weather-related health issues in their states.

Staff Contact

Kathy Dolan, MPH, Director, Environmental Health