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The first step, performing a regional scan of environmental hazards, involved a review of climate-related environmental hazards that have been shown to have a track record of posing a public health threat in Central Texas.
The first phase of the project has focused on extreme heat and flooding
events for three reasons: 1) they are directly associated with climate
change; 2) they are major public health hazards in the region; and, 3) the project team identified them as hazards within their scope of influence.
The next phase of the project will likely expand to include air quality and
extreme weather evacuees.
The regional environmental scan and identification of environmental hazards within the project’s scope of influence culminated in the development of a pilot Central Texas Climate Change Environmental
Public Health Indicators Tracking Tool, which was funded as a fellowship project with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC)
Environmental Public Health Leadership Institute and through a grant from the CDC Global Climate Change program.
This report outlines the final three steps in the five step strategy to incorporate public health into regional climate change policies and interventions: