Climate Change

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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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Essential Actions for Climate Resilience in LHDs

NACCHO's new fact sheet helps local public health authorities address impacts of climate change.

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Essential Actions for Climate Resilience in LHDs

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Communicating the Health Effects of Climate Change

View CDC's latest - customizable - resource to help you share the health impacts of climate change

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Communicating the Health Effects of Climate Change

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Free, online collection of public health tools that have been created and shared by members.

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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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Fact Sheet: Climate Change Efforts in Boston, MA

Learn how the Boston Public Health Commission is addressing the health impacts of climate change

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Fact Sheet: Climate Change Efforts in Boston, MA

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Fact Sheet: Climate Change Efforts in Seattle, WA

Learn how Public Health-Seattle & King County are addressing the health impacts of climate change

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Fact Sheet: Climate Change Efforts in Seattle, WA

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Fact Sheet: Climate Change Efforts in Austin, TX

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

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Fact Sheet: Climate Change Efforts in Austin, TX

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Fact Sheet: Climate Change Efforts in Chicago, IL

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

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Fact Sheet: Climate Change Efforts in Chicago, IL

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.

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 Chelsea Gridley-Smith 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

Senior Program Analyst

202-507-4232 / cgridley-smith@naccho.org

Environmental Health Program

Jennifer Li

Interim Senior Advisor, Environmental Health

202-507-4242 / jli@naccho.org

Environmental Health Program

Grace McClain

Program Analyst

202-507-4267 / gmcclain@naccho.org