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Health and Climate Solutions Resources, news, and stories about the health impacts of climate change and how communities across the US are creating innovative, equitable solutions.

"People in communities that have been impacted by pollution for decades are also in danger, because they face an elevate...
03/27/2020
It’s Time to Sound the Alarm for Communities Most Vulnerable to the Coronavirus

"People in communities that have been impacted by pollution for decades are also in danger, because they face an elevated risk of underlying conditions that increase vulnerability to the. coronavirus."

The spread of COVID-19 inordinately threatens communities that have suffered from environmental injustice and racial bias.

In these turbulent times of #Covid_19 it becomes even more important that we are in conversation about: 🔹Similar threats...
03/12/2020

In these turbulent times of #Covid_19 it becomes even more important that we are in conversation about:

🔹Similar threats from climate change &

🔹How public health systems and frontline community groups can work together to address them.

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Communities across the U.S. should be as clear on the health 𝘣𝘦𝘯𝘦𝘧𝘪𝘵𝘴 of climate action as the harms.Check out this reso...
02/28/2020
The Health Benefits of Climate Action

Communities across the U.S. should be as clear on the health 𝘣𝘦𝘯𝘦𝘧𝘪𝘵𝘴 of climate action as the harms.

Check out this resource from the American Public Health Association and Public Health Institute on policy actions w/ strong climate and health co-benefits. 🌿

An overview of the "co-benefits" of health and climate action geared to local health departments.

"The bottom line? Climate change and development patterns are perpetuating and intensifying existing health inequities i...
02/17/2020
Opinion: How climate change worsens disparities among Austin kids

"The bottom line? Climate change and development patterns are perpetuating and intensifying existing health inequities in Austin. Unless we take action, this won’t stop."

Despite the sometimes oppressive Texas heat, I bike or take the bus to work. On my commute, I crisscross Holly Street, East Cesar Chavez, and downtown.

Take some time on this Valentine's Day 💌 to show love to your community.  Community strength = one of the most important...
02/14/2020
How climate change affects mental health » Yale Climate Connections

Take some time on this Valentine's Day 💌 to show love to your community.

Community strength = one of the most important ways to weather the mental and emotional impacts of any climate-related storm ⛈#ClimateResilience #CommunityResilience

https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/2020/02/how-climate-change-affects-mental-health/?utm_source=News+from+Yale+Climate+Connections+%28Daily%29&utm_campaign=e6fab26dae-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2020_02_10&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_31a3024b9b-e6fab26dae-59337949

Experiencing disaster - or even reading about it in the news - can be stressful and scary. These steps can help.

Unexpected climate impacts: In Miami, communities of color sit at higher elevation than the coast. In addition to wardin...
02/14/2020
As sea level rises, Miami neighborhoods feel rising tide of gentrification

Unexpected climate impacts:

In Miami, communities of color sit at higher elevation than the coast. In addition to warding off the impacts of climate change, these communities also now also facing climate-caused gentrification.

https://www.curbed.com/2020/2/10/21128496/miami-real-estate-climate-change-gentrification?_hsenc=p2ANqtz-_rRE9pTpb5-8FEyja3as6rOG0lrL6Rqd8joVl6T2X78RC4wY8072FkFVrJ8qJePa3in3Ked1A43X_YS0Y4kCyNs41nkg&_hsmi=83186232

Is development in Little Haiti, future home of a $1 billion innovation district, fueled by a changing climate?

Change Lab Works created a set of 3 infographics for public health practitioners who wish to partner with urban and regi...
02/13/2020

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How do we solve the issue of emissions-intensive food waste? New research says.. by building *more* places where people ...
02/12/2020
To reduce food waste, we actually need more grocery stores

How do we solve the issue of emissions-intensive food waste?

New research says.. by building *more* places where people can buy groceries!
🥕🍅🥒

#FoodWaste

Counterintuitive though it may seem, new research shows it could be a way to reign in shopping, leaving less food to go mouldy in the fridge.

⚠️This is your essential read of the day ⚠️"...for many indigenous groups, it makes little sense to talk about environme...
02/11/2020
How Native Tribes Are Taking the Lead on Planning for Climate Change

⚠️This is your essential read of the day ⚠️

"...for many indigenous groups, it makes little sense to talk about environmental health and human health separately; they are deeply intertwined"

With their deep ties to the land and reliance on fishing, hunting, and gathering, indigenous tribes are especially vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Now, native communities across North America are stepping up to adopt climate action plans to protect their way of life.

Who comes to mind when you think of climate justice? For many of us, it’s #FrontlineYouth. Watch the Climate Justice All...
01/29/2020
Youth Organizing for Climate Justice - Climate Justice Alliance

Who comes to mind when you think of climate justice? For many of us, it’s #FrontlineYouth. Watch the Climate Justice Alliance's just released video and find out how youth are leading in this #ClimateEmergency.

This 7 minute video showcases the beauty and joy of young people who come from a long legacy of intergenerational leadership, grounded in community. They are fighting against the culprits of climate change and climate destruction in their own communities, and winning! Frontline youth are also an int...

Coming up tomorrow!Join Bard College in a sixty-minute session on how innovative city and state policy will be critical ...
01/28/2020
Energy Justice and Solving Climate by 2030 - Health & Climate Solutions

Coming up tomorrow!

Join Bard College in a sixty-minute session on how innovative city and state policy will be critical to ensuring climate and energy justice in the transition to clean energy.

Join the Security and Sustainability Forum and Bard College in a sixty minute session about how innovative city and state policy will be critical to ensure justice in the economic transformation needed to solve the energy side of climate change by 2030.

Climate change can bring unexpected health impacts. For Vermont, it was an impact that seemed almost unthinkable for a n...
01/27/2020
Preparing for Hot Weather in a Cold State - Health & Climate Solutions

Climate change can bring unexpected health impacts.

For Vermont, it was an impact that seemed almost unthinkable for a northern New England state: being too hot. 🌡

https://healthandclimatesolutions.org/2020/01/preparing-for-hot-weather-in-a-cold-state/#.XitQGR2p64I.twitter

Jared Ulmer is the Climate & Health Program Manager at the Vermont Department of Health. When we established Vermont’s Climate & Health Program in 2012, the visibility, public discussion, and ongoing concern about flooding, tickborne diseases, and cyanobacteria blooms (sometimes referred to as blu...

How can we ensure that climate action benefits low-income groups? Guiding principles from World Resources Institute: 🔹En...
01/23/2020
Ensuring a "Just Transition": 5 Priorities to Make Climate Action Benefit Low-Income and Disadvantaged Groups

How can we ensure that climate action benefits low-income groups? Guiding principles from World Resources Institute:

🔹Ensure public participation in climate action
🔹Improve the livelihoods of the most vulnerable
🔹Distribute green infrastructure fairly

Badly designed climate action can leave people behind. Here are five ways governments can create fair policies and ensure climate justice.

"Nearly 90 years after those (redlining) maps were created, redlined neighborhoods are hotter than the highest-rated nei...
01/15/2020
Racist Housing Practices From The 1930s Linked To Hotter Neighborhoods Today

"Nearly 90 years after those (redlining) maps were created, redlined neighborhoods are hotter than the highest-rated neighborhoods by an average of almost 5 degrees"

A study of more than 100 cities nationwide shows neighborhoods subjected to discriminatory housing policies nearly a century ago are hotter today than other areas.

Health inequity and climate change have many of the same root causes: our energy, transportation, housing, food, and soc...
01/14/2020
Fundamentals of Health Equity and Climate Change | Health and Climate Solutions

Health inequity and climate change have many of the same root causes: our energy, transportation, housing, food, and socioeconomic systems.

We think this guide from the American Public Health Association on addressing health equity + climate change is required reading. 📖

This Framework for Action outlines the critical connections between health equity and climate change.

How does a community transform from environmental public health degradation running rampant to building equity and clima...
01/10/2020
A Community Case Study to Replicate: Equity and Climate Justice in Spartanburg, SC - Health & Climate Solutions

How does a community transform from environmental public health degradation running rampant to building equity and climate justice across its neighborhoods?

Read on about Spartanburg, South Carolina in our latest blog post ♻️ ♻️

A community transforms from environmental public health degradation running rampant to building equity and climate justice across its neighborhoods.

On a snowy Colorado day in October, we convened the Health and Climate Solutions team and grantees. ❄️ Learn about the h...
12/17/2019
Meeting with the Health & Climate Solutions Grantees: The Hidden Consistencies - Health & Climate Solutions

On a snowy Colorado day in October, we convened the Health and Climate Solutions team and grantees.

❄️ Learn about the hidden consistencies among these grant projects in our most recent post.

https://healthandclimatesolutions.org/2019/12/meeting-with-grantees/

In late October, the Health and Climate Solutions program staff from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, our team and the seven grantees of the Foundation met in Boulder, Colorado. This gathering provided a valuable opportunity for grantees to meet each other and share overviews of their projects. G...

🚨WEBINAR ALERT 🚨Join the Regulatory Assistance Project and the EPA tomorrow for a webinar on using the @EPA's new tool: ...
12/04/2019
Value Added: Measuring the Health Benefits of Energy Efficiency and Renewables - Health & Climate Solutions

🚨WEBINAR ALERT 🚨Join the Regulatory Assistance Project and the EPA tomorrow for a webinar on using the
@EPA's new tool:

“Estimating the Health Benefits per-Kilowatt Hour of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy."

Register here ⬇️

Although the health benefits of reducing criteria pollutants have been quantified in numerous studies, putting a value on how energy efficiency and renewable energy reduce …

As climate change threatens water supplies across the United States, there must be a set of solutions developed that are...
11/27/2019
Alaska: A Climate Frontier - Health & Climate Solutions

As climate change threatens water supplies across the United States, there must be a set of solutions developed that are flexible and customizable to specific geographical and cultural niches.

The Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium saw the immediate threat that climate change posed to their communities’ health and began working on a solution: an individual household water purification and sanitation system for these homes.

Read more in our latest blog post:

Mark Mitchell is a preventive medicine physician specializing in environmental health and an Associate Professor of Climate Change, Energy, and Environmental Health Equity at George Mason University If you ask Dr. Laura Eichelberger, Senior Epidemiology and Health Research Consultant at Alaska Nativ...

The 2019 report of The Lancet Countdown on health and climate change is out. The bottom line? Fighting climate change wi...
11/14/2019

The 2019 report of The Lancet Countdown on health and climate change is out.

The bottom line? Fighting climate change will transform the health of a child born today for the better, throughout their entire lives.

🔹Read the key findings here: https://bit.ly/2NjYXLo

Our latest blog post: "Health professionals can make a critical difference by reframing and responding to climate change...
11/08/2019
Limiting climate change is about protecting human health—A unique and necessary role for health professionals - Health & Climate Solutions

Our latest blog post:

"Health professionals can make a critical difference by reframing and responding to climate change as the health emergency it is. If health professionals are to live by our tenet – “do no harm” – we must act."

Climate change is already causing profound harms to human health. Health professionals can make a critical difference by reframing and responding to climate change as the health emergency it is. If health professionals are to live by our tenet – “do no harm” – we must act.

One sure-fire way to reduce the incidence of lung and heart disease? More wind and solar generation. Who stands to benef...
11/05/2019

One sure-fire way to reduce the incidence of lung and heart disease? More wind and solar generation.

Who stands to benefit the most? Our friends in the Midwest!

New study released last week: http://bit.ly/2NgcqUj

You might know a bit about energy efficiency and weatherization. But do you know why these programs are crucial to healt...
11/01/2019
Sustainable Housing Means Health Equity and Climate Resilience - Health & Climate Solutions

You might know a bit about energy efficiency and weatherization. But do you know why these programs are crucial to health equity and climate change? 🏡⚡️♻️

@PUSHBuffalo is leading the way in making sustainable housing accessible for all. ✊

Operating an energy efficiency program may seem like a simple straightforward effort, but PUSH Buffalo understands that many problems in low-income communities and communities of color are more complex and interrelated than they seem.

On this #WorldMentalHealthDay and #CEHDay, we're sharing a study on how air pollution impacts the mental health of the y...
10/10/2019
Mental Health in Kids Worsened By Air Pollution? New Study

On this #WorldMentalHealthDay and #CEHDay, we're sharing a study on how air pollution impacts the mental health of the youngest in our communities.

Clean energy means healthier children. Those are the facts! ♻️☀️🚸

A new study looks at the possible correlation between spending time in polluted air and emergency room visits for mental health problems.

Did you know that the number of states with Climate Action Plans (34) hasn’t changed since 2015? 🧐Read our latest blog a...
10/02/2019
State-level climate action contributes to building a Culture of Health - Health & Climate Solutions

Did you know that the number of states with Climate Action Plans (34) hasn’t changed since 2015? 🧐

Read our latest blog about how Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and RAND Corporation are working to build a #CultureofHealth by tracking these plans.

State-level Climate Action Plans (CAPs) are an important example of how we protect communities from environmental influences on health through public policy. The consequence of some states developing CAPs and others not is potentially greater health disparities.

Over the next month, we will be introducing the seven communities of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation health and clima...
09/19/2019
Regeneration Midwest: A bold vision for a healthier and more equitable tomorrow - Health & Climate Solutions

Over the next month, we will be introducing the seven communities of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation health and climate solutions initiative. These seven communities across the U.S. received grants to study health, health equity, and climate change solutions.

Read about the first of these grantees: Regeneration Midwest. They've been linking regenerative farming communities across the Midwest into a regional program that addresses health, health equity, and climate change.

https://healthandclimatesolutions.org/2019/09/regeneration-midwest-a-bold-vision-for-a-healthier-and-more-equitable-tomorrow/

Over the next two years, the team at Regeneration Midwest, in partnership with the Organic Consumers Association, will be executing an ambitious research agenda to build the evidence base about the health and health equity benefits of regenerative farming.

TOMORROW: Learn how a coalition called “New York Renews” built a broad and diverse army of supporters to get the stronge...
09/10/2019

TOMORROW:

Learn how a coalition called “New York Renews” built a broad and diverse army of supporters to get the strongest climate change legislation in the nation - putting climate justice at the center of every step.

You’ll hear how other states, like yours, can work to follow New York’s lead.

http://bit.ly/NY-Renews-Webinar

It's Friday afternoon! Treat yourself. Check out this incredible interactive reporting on extreme heat and health in Bal...
09/06/2019
Code Red: Baltimore’s Climate Divide

It's Friday afternoon! Treat yourself. Check out this incredible interactive reporting on extreme heat and health in Baltimore.

The impacts of climate change, like extreme heat, disproportionately affect residents of low-income neighborhoods in Baltimore.

Have you checked out our new website yet? It’s a one-stop-shop for tools, stories, and research about how frontline comm...
09/04/2019
Health & Climate Solutions

Have you checked out our new website yet?

It’s a one-stop-shop for tools, stories, and research about how frontline communities are responding to health and climate change.

Highlighting evidence and solutions for communities on the frontlines of responding to health and climate change.

Wildfires have long-lasting impacts on community health, including mental health. In the wake of the 2017 wildfires, San...
08/30/2019
After the wildfire: treating the mental health crisis triggered by climate change

Wildfires have long-lasting impacts on community health, including mental health. In the wake of the 2017 wildfires, Santa Rosa, California has been learning how to best help residents cope with the trauma.

In 2017, thousands of homes in Santa Rosa, California, were wiped off the map. Now the community is helping residents cope with the trauma

The United Nations urges governments to listen to those who are affected the most by environmental changes, by adopting ...
07/22/2019
The U.N. Is Calling for the Inclusion of People With Disabilities in the Climate Change Debate

The United Nations urges governments to listen to those who are affected the most by environmental changes, by adopting a "comprehensive, integrated, gender-responsive and disability-inclusive approach to climate change adaptation and mitigation policies."

In a new resolution, the organization urges governments to listen to those who are affected the most by natural disasters.

A new analysis and interactive tool shows the rapid, widespread increases in extreme heat that are projected to occur ac...
07/19/2019
Killer Heat in the United States: Climate Choices and the Future of Dangerously Hot Days (2019)

A new analysis and interactive tool shows the rapid, widespread increases in extreme heat that are projected to occur across the country due to climate change, including conditions so extreme that a heat index cannot be measured.

This analysis from the Union of Concerned Scientists shows the rapid, widespread increases in extreme heat that are projected to occur across the country due to climate change. The analysis includes a full report, interactive maps, and a search tool for location-specific results.

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Dear Friends, Colleagues, and Family -- you may know that my part-part-time work is as the Community Engagement Advisor on the Health and Climate Solutions Mason Team. Today Health and Climate Solutions launched its page, a new online destination for resources, news, and stories about the health impacts of climate change and how communities across the United States are creating innovative, equitable solutions. Please like and share widely!