Climate Change

Climate change affects public health at many levels, and local health departments play a vital role in helping communities prepare for and address the health effects of climate change. As the climate continues to change communities will be susceptible to a number of health threats, including increased exposure to vector-borne and infectious diseases, worsening air quality and pollution levels, food shortages, and lack of access to safe drinking water. NACCHO believes, with the necessary resources, local health departments are uniquely positioned to respond to these health impacts and protect the public's health.

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Framing Climate Change Communications

Communications tools that can help health department officials engage the community and help them understand the local impacts of climate change.

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Framing Climate Change Communications

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Climate for Health Ambassador Training: An Overview

Learn more about the Climate for Health Ambassador training that NACCHO hosted with ecoAmerica on July 6, 2020, as part of NACCHO’s Annual Conference.

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Climate for Health Ambassador Training: An Overview

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Funding Opportunity to Advance Climate & Health Activities

NACCHO is currently offering funding to supplement ongoing climate change and health adaptation initiatives in LHDs. Apply by Oct. 22.

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Funding Opportunity to Advance Climate & Health Activities

Climate Change Success Stories from Local Health Departments

NACCHO interviewed 11 local health departments to better understand how city and county health departments are preparing for the health impacts of climate change. This project:

  • Highlights local efforts to prepare for and build resiliency to the health impacts of climate change;
  • Shares these success stories to support new and ongoing initiatives in other local health departments;
  • Identifies best practices;
  • Provides real-world case studies; and
  • Highlights only a few of the many departments actively engaged in climate change efforts.

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Fact Sheet: Climate Change Efforts in Green River Dist., KY

Learn how Green River District Health Department is addressing the health impacts of climate change

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Fact Sheet: Climate Change Efforts in Green River Dist., KY

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Fact Sheet: Climate Change Efforts in San Francisco, CA

Learn how San Francisco Dept. of Public Health is addressing the health impacts of climate change

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Fact Sheet: Climate Change Efforts in San Francisco, CA

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Blog Post: Highlights from Climate and Health Publications

Research has linked the ways that climate change is impacting the health of communities today.

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Blog Post: Highlights from Climate and Health Publications

Ci  Communications  Long Road Ahead

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Are We Ready? Report 2

Preparing for the Public Health Challenges of Climate Change

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Are We Ready? Report 2

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Local Perceptions of Climate Change

LHDs are already dealing with the health impacts of climate change

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Local Perceptions of Climate Change

Below are some of the most recent webinars hosted by NACCHO related to climate change. For additional resources, check out NACCHO's Toolbox where you can filter out tools in the Climate Change Toolkit.

Health departments have an opportunity to increase public awareness about climate change impacts and government response by framing their work around climate change when communicating with the public.

The NACCHO Global Climate Change Workgroup is committed to providing leadership and resources to support local health department climate change efforts. The workgroup is comprised of local health officials, environmental health professionals, environmental health directors, and subject matter experts who are interested in enhancing climate change adaptation and mitigation policies and practices.

The workgroup holds at least one in-person meeting (pending funding), monthly conference calls, and work in between meetings. In addition, the workgroup reviews documents and participates in judging model practice applications throughout the year. Appointment to the workgroup is for a two-year term with an option for reappointment to a second two-year term. Message Emily D'Angelo for more information.

Click below to access NACCHO's policy statements regarding climate change and other public health issues.

Environmental Health Program

Chelsea Gridley-Smith

Director of Environmental Health

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Jennifer Li

Senior Advisor, Programs

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Amy Chang

Senior Program Analyst

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Emily D'Angelo

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