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Climate Action Toolkit Tailored for Local Health Departments

Mar 15, 2023 | Anu Varma

The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), serving nearly 3,000 local health departments (LHDs) across the country, partnered with Climate for Health at ecoAmerica to give members targeted climate-focused resources including a free, four-hour training that will equip health professionals with the knowledge, hands-on experience, and resources to speak and act confidently on climate change, the impacts on health, and solutions. In addition to the training, we worked together to curate action-oriented guides tailored to help LHDs address health equity and climate, mental health, and how to present climate solutions to your community, businesses, and policymakers. Go to https://virtualcommunities.naccho.org/climateactiontoolkit/home to get started!

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What is the Climate for Health Ambassadors Training?

With this training, local health professionals will learn how to inspire their colleagues, associations, community, the public, and policymakers to bring forth climate solutions that help protect the health of our families and communities now, and ensure a prosperous, just, and secure future. The training is interactive and delivered through a learning management system. So, you can do this training on your own time and at your own pace! Three units of Continuing Education (CE) credits are available upon completion.

Course content includes:

  • Introduction from NACCHO, The Health Case for Climate Action

  • Climate Science Overview

  • Impacts to Human Health, Health Equity, Health Impacts and Health Professionals

  • Climate Solutions and Benefits, Climate Solutions

  • Communicating on Health and Climate

  • Advocacy and Engagement

  • Getting Started as an Ambassador

How to Register for the Training

  1. Go to https://virtualcommunities.naccho.org/climateactiontoolkit/home.
  2. Click on the sign-up link under the Climate Ambassador Training and enter in the code NACCHOCfHAmbassador to register.
  3. Then, check your email for the invitation to set up your profile and get started!

You will have 6 weeks to complete the training. During this time, you will receive reminders to check in on your progress.

What are the Benefits of Completing an Ambassador Training?

Upon completion of the training, we invite you to sign the Ambassador Agreement and become a Climate for Health Ambassador!

Signing up gives you access to:

  • Tools, resources and events to act and advocate for climate solutions.

  • Access to a private online sharing and collaboration community of Ambassadors from across the nation who are passionate about being a voice for climate solutions.

  • Quarterly calls with all Climate for Health Ambassadors across multiple health professions.

This online community is also where you will access the support and resources for the Climate for Health Ambassador program including the slides from the training, slides for giving talks to others, and talking points to use in your own climate action. Learn more by reviewing the Ambassador Agreement.


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About Anu Varma

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Anupama Varma is a Communications Specialist for Environmental Health at NACCHO.

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