Health and Climate Solutions

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.

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.

A new report released by EcoAdapt with the support of NRDC finds that public health departments in 16 U.S. states are bu...
07/12/2019
Health Officials (Mostly) Not Waiting to Act on Climate

A new report released by EcoAdapt with the support of NRDC finds that public health departments in 16 U.S. states are building their capacity to deal with the myriad health harms of climate disruption—even if they don’t have a legal mandate or formal plan to do so.

Check out this tool: These ‘warming stripe’ graphics are visual representations of the change in temperature as measured...
06/25/2019
#ShowYourStripes

Check out this tool: These ‘warming stripe’ graphics are visual representations of the change in temperature as measured in each country over the past 100+ years.

Today more than 70 health organizations launched the “Call to Action on Climate, Health, and Equity: A Policy Action Age...
06/24/2019
Call for organizational endorsement

Today more than 70 health organizations launched the “Call to Action on Climate, Health, and Equity: A Policy Action Agenda” to protect the health and safety of all people in the U.S. #ClimateHealthEmergency #ClimateChangesHealth

The undersigned organizations call on government, business, and civil society leaders, elected officials, and candidates for office to recognize climate change as a health emergency and to work across government agencies and with communities and businesses to prioritize action on this Climate, Healt...

Sustainable and climate-resilient agriculture is proving to be critical to human health in the United States. This year,...
06/14/2019
Midwest Flooding Harms Farmer's Yields

Sustainable and climate-resilient agriculture is proving to be critical to human health in the United States.

This year, heavy rainfall has made growing conditions tough for farmers in the Midwest. One crop in particular - corn - has been hit hard. According to the Department of Agriculture, this is the slowest start to the corn-planting season on record.

Rain and flooding have made growing conditions difficult for crops like corn. NPR's Michel Martin speaks with Matt Boucher, a farmer in Dwight, Ill., about how the weather has affected his crops.

The American Lung Association’s State of the Air report for 2019 found that more than 141 million people live in U.S. co...
06/13/2019
Climate Change and Human Health – The Win-Win of Tackling Air Pollution

The American Lung Association’s State of the Air report for 2019 found that more than 141 million people live in U.S. counties that received at least one “F” in their unhealthy air report card. Reducing short-lived climate pollutant emissions can both help combat global warming and create healthier living conditions for people in the U.S. and around the world.

The World Health Organization estimates that an alarming 7 million people die prematurely each year as a result of air pollution. To help tackle this issue, this year’s World Environment Day (June 5) is shining a spotlight on this environmental threat and the multiple benefits derived from tacklin...

06/07/2019
Speak for Health Advocacy Bootcamp

In the Washington D.C. area?

The American Public Health Association is offering the two-day Speak for Health Advocacy Bootcamp, July 15-16 in for public health students and recent graduates to gain new skills to advocate for public health. This year's focus will be on policy solutions and advocacy for addressing the public health challenges of climate change. Learn more and register here.

LOG IN with your existing APHA member account or non-member account and registerJOIN APHA NOW and then register at the APHA member rateCREATE A NEW NON-MEMBER ACCOUNT to register as a non-member

Duck Hill, Mississipi residents are stemming flood waters through creek restoration, community engagement and empowermen...
06/06/2019
Duck Hill, Mississippi Is on the Rise - Daily Yonder

Duck Hill, Mississipi residents are stemming flood waters through creek restoration, community engagement and empowerment, youth conservationist training, and creative placemaking.

Climate-related flooding isn’t just a phenomenon in coastal areas. In the small rural town of Duck Hill, Mississippi, strong storms with intense rainfall often caused flooding as high as 15 inches. In 2017, Duck Hill residents and outside partners recognized an opportunity to not only stem the flo...

Today is #WorldEnvironmentDay, an important day to consider how human health and the natural environment are intertwined...
06/05/2019
Climate Change Is Intensifying Food Shocks | Civil Eats

Today is #WorldEnvironmentDay, an important day to consider how human health and the natural environment are intertwined.

Read here about how climate change is putting at risk an essential part of human health: the food we eat.

From rain-soaked fields in the Corn Belt to drowned livestock, food shocks—abrupt disruptions to food production—are becoming more common as a result of extreme weather.

Virginia is taking steps to adapt to climate change and protect human health. Read here about the Coastal Adaptation and...
06/05/2019
Virginia Coastal Adaptation and Climate "Czar" Gets to Work

Virginia is taking steps to adapt to climate change and protect human health. Read here about the Coastal Adaptation and Climate "Czar" getting to work.

Last year, Gov. Ralph Northam appointed retired Navy Admiral Ann Phillips to spearhead efforts for coastal adaptation to climate change. After nearly 31

Sharing community solutions often involves telling powerful stories. Join this free webinar on storytelling and climate ...
05/20/2019
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Sharing community solutions often involves telling powerful stories. Join this free webinar on storytelling and climate change to learn more about how you can make your message memorable.

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05/15/2019
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"The plan looks similar to the climate actions that cities around the world have adopted in recent years......there was ...
05/15/2019
With an Indigenous Perspective, Anchorage Seeks to Adapt to Climate Change Even If Alaska Doesn’t

"The plan looks similar to the climate actions that cities around the world have adopted in recent years......there was also a concerted effort, however, to reflect Alaskan Native values, who were the original occupants and stewards of the region.

“We have a set of values very connected to the land and the sea,” Schaeffer says. “We are part of the environment, we are not separate from it" "

Anchorage, Alaska, has issued the city's first climate action plan.

**Tool Alert** The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is continuing its health and climate communication webinar...
05/13/2019
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**Tool Alert** The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is continuing its health and climate communication webinar series. Register for the May webinar on Creative Material Development below.

https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_WHUlyD1OQFG2rdE-LZ8avw

Join CDC’s Climate and Health Program for a webinar on Creative Material Development on Thursday, May 30, 2019. Led by Karen Ong, Creative Director for Marketing for Change, this webinar will show how visual and content cues can be used to convey key messages quickly in a cluttered media environme...

Happy Monday! Citizen scientists are stepping up to address one major health impact of climate change: mosquitos.The Glo...
05/13/2019
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Happy Monday!

Citizen scientists are stepping up to address one major health impact of climate change: mosquitos.

The Globe Observer Mosquito Habitat Mapper engages the public to map locations of mosquito breeding sites and decommission mosquito container habitats.

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