Are We Ready? Report 2: Preparing for the Public Health Challenges of Climate Change

Friday, October 31, 2014

Climate change has serious health implications for present and future generations. The health effects of climate change are myriad and may include the following: heat-related health effects; extreme weather-related health effects; air pollution-related health effects; shifting distributions of disease vectors and diseases; health problems associated with food and water supply disruption and contaminaton; health problems associated with allergens; and health problems associated with social and economic disruption. Local health departments play a vital role in helping communities prepare for and address the health effects of climate change. 

Read the full report, which summarizes results measuring the following perceptions of local health department directors:

1) The existence, causes, and dangers of climate change

2) Past and future impacts of climate change

3) Prioritization and capacity to assess and address the impacts of climate change