Magazine article The Nation's Health

New APHA, CDC Report Highlights States' Response to Climate Change

Magazine article The Nation's Health

New APHA, CDC Report Highlights States' Response to Climate Change

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WHILE CLIMATE change remains a threat to the health and wellness of people in all corners of the U.S., there is reason to be optimistic, a new report shows.

APHA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in April released an updated report outlining how states have successfully responded to the health effects of climate change with evidence-based practices.

"Adaptation in Action: Updated Grantee Success Stories from CDC's Climate and Health Program, Part II" expands upon the first report released in 2015 to include insights from nine states, with new information on climate justice and mental wellness. The report discusses the health threats that stem from climate change, including extreme heat, vector-borne disease, air quality and flooding and water quality.

States highlighted in the report received grants as part of CDC's Building Resilience Against Climate Effects framework, a five-step plan designed to help health departments prepare for and respond to climate change. The framework calls for health departments to anticipate the impacts of climate change and assess vulnerabilities, project the disease burden, assess public health interventions, create a climate and health adaptation plan and evaluate the impact and improve the process.

The grant recipients tailored CDC's resilience guidance to the threats from climate change affecting their states. For example, Maryland focused on the health impacts connected to extreme heat and extreme precipitation. …

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