141st APHA Annual Meeting

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Road to readiness: Metrics and milestones for climate ready states and cities

Tuesday, November 5, 2013 : 10:30 AM - 10:50 AM

Gino Marinucci, MPH , National Center for Environmental Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Chamblee, GA
Jessica Thomason, PhD (c)
Shubhayu Saha, PhD
George Luber, PhD , National Center for Environmental Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Chamblee, GA
As the nation's public health agency, CDC uses its prevention expertise to help state and city health departments investigate, prepare for, and respond to the health effects that climate change may have on people. CDC's Climate-Ready States and Cities Initiative (CRSCI) helps states and cities develop ways to anticipate these health effects by applying climate science, predicting health impacts, and preparing flexible programs. CDC assists states and cities to apply advanced techniques to incorporate climate projections into public health planning and response activities. In the CRSCI, states and cities develop and use models to predict health impacts, monitor health effects, and identify the area's most vulnerable to these effects. In this presentation the speaker will highlight the metrics and milestones being developed by CDC to assist state and local health departments to evaluate progress in becoming “Climate-Ready”. Discussion will focus on key capabilities that should be developed, and activities that should be undertaken by a health department to ensure that climate forecasts derived from climate models are being taken into account during short, mid and long range public health planning and response. The metrics and milestones that will be discussed are designed to reflect the key elements of CDC's Building Resilience Against Climate Effects (BRACE) framework which provides the stepwise sequence of activities recommended to state and local health departments participating in the CRSCI. The speaker will also provide an update on progress of the CRSCI and describe the initiatives latest products and activities that are building climate change capabilities within state and local health agencies.

Learning Areas:
Chronic disease management and prevention
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Environmental health sciences
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Protection of the public in relation to communicable diseases including prevention or control

Learning Objectives:
Describe the key capabilities needed by a health department to be "climate ready" Describe the key milestones that should be met by a health department to be "climate ready" Discuss progress of CDC's Climate-Ready States and Cities Initiative

Keywords: Climate Change, Disease Prevention

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I work on climate change issues at CDC.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.