ASTHO is helping states prepare for the possibility of health effects related to climate change in the same way they prepare for the possibilities of bioterrorism and natural disasters. Recent programs have looked at possible health risks from increased heat, changes in vector-borne disease patterns, and transmission of waterborne diseases.
Position Statement on Climate Change and Public Health
ASTHO's Extreme Weather and Climate Readiness: Toolkit for State and Territorial Health Departments
This toolkit, a product of the Climate Change Collaborative, outlines a comprehensive approach to integrating climate readiness into seven key public health programs.
The ASTHO Climate Change Collaborative (CCC) is comprised of representatives from varied disciplines and plays a role in improving the ability of state and territorial health agencies (STHAs) to prepare for, mitigate and react to the effects of climate change. The CCC’s mission is to support and build the capacity of STHAs to tackle the public health challenges presented by climate change.
Climate Change Collaborative 2013 In-Person Meeting
Climate Change Collaborative Mission Map
ASTHO's Climate Change Needs Assessment SurveysASTHO aims to help state health agencies prepare for health effects related to climate change by building capacity for climate change response
Climate Change Capacity Building GrantsASTHO, 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). « less… more »
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.
Extreme Weather and Climate Readiness Toolkit for State and Territorial Health DepartmentsThis toolkit, a product of the Climate Change Collaborative, outlines a comprehensive approach to integrating climate readiness into seven key public health programs.
Climate Change Collaborative 2011 In-Person MeetingSlides from California, Florida, and New Hampshire
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.
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.
Climate Change: Mastering the Public Health Role Webinar Series (Part 2)
June 29, 2011 Climate change poses a variety of serious threats to public health now and in the future, which is why public health professionals have critical roles in responding to and preparing for these health threats. Much can be learned from current public health efforts at the state and local level to prevent and prepare for climate-related impacts. In this webinar we bring you a continuation of the series featuring speakers who will highlight state and local public health practices, climate change action planning, and how traditional public health tools can be used to enhance the capacity of state and local health departments in addressing climate change. This webinar series is brought to you by CDC, APHA, ASTHO, NACCHO, and NEHA.
Climate Change: Mastering the Public Health Role Webinar Series (Part 1)
June 30, 2010 Public health professionals are facing new challenges as the science linking climate change and human health risks continues to mount. Through a diversity of speakers and leading experts, this first webinar explores the impact of climate change on human health, the role public health does and should play in confronting climate change, the challenges of communicating such risks to the public, and much more. This webinar series is brought to you by CDC, APHA, ASTHO, SOPHE, and NACCHO.
Climate Change: State Policy Update 2011In January 2011, a rule giving EPA power to regulate greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act took effect. As this federal initiative emerged, many states responded to the legislation in a way that reflect their concerns with EPA’s efforts. « less… more »
Abraham Kulungara, MPH, Director, Environmental Health
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