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This report examines U.S. planning for changing health threats posed by climate change, such as heat-related sickness, respiratory infections, natural disasters, changes to the food supply, and infectious diseases carried by insects.
Key findings from the report include:
• Only 12 states have established climate change commissions that include a representative from the state’s public health department;
• Twenty-two states and New York City have received grants from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for Environmental Health Tracking, to track connections between health problems and the environment;
• Thirty-three states have received CDC funds for state asthma control programs; and
• Every state except Alaska has received funds to track diseases spread through mosquitoes and other insects.
This resource is also housed in a website that allows users to select a state from an online map to view state-specific information.
Climate Change Toolkit
By Linda Tindall