142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition

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Public Health Leadership in Regional Climate Action Planning: Los Angeles County as a Case study

142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition (November 15 - November 19, 2014): http://www.apha.org/events-and-meetings/annual
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 : 4:30 PM - 4:50 PM

Tamanna Rahman, MPH , Department of Environmental Health Sciences, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
Hilary Godwin, PhD , Department of Environmental Health Sciences, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, Los Angeles, CA
Angelo Bellomo, MS , Division of Environmental Health, County of Los Angeles, Department of Public Health, Baldwin Park, CA
Charlene Contreras , Division of Environmental Health, County of Los Angeles, Department of Public Health, Baldwin Park, CA
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH) is playing a leadership role in developing a countywide climate action plan and proposing adaptation responses that are locally supported and appropriate for building local capacity, sharing knowledge with the public, and implementing sustainable development and climate protection at the local level. One challenge LACDPH leadership faced is that many staff did not understand how climate change and health impacts fit in within their existing program framework. To engage the current public health workforce, LACDPH is collaborating with faculty and doctoral students conducting climate change and health research at the University of California, Los Angeles Fielding School of Public Health on a series of workshops on local climate change impacts and the potential health co-benefits of mitigation and adaptation activities. Each workshop session consists of a brief lecture followed by a brainstorming activity in which LACDPH staff and representatives from partner organizations collaboratively develop strategic actions to build community resiliency to climate change in Los Angeles. Participants have reported increased knowledge of the linkage between climate change and health and better understanding of how those impacts influence their current work. Participants also discuss how current program strengths and partnerships can be leveraged to develop sustainable climate action plans that consider the health impacts on vulnerable communities. In addition to building local capacity, these workshops serve as a successful model for active adaptation planning that could be disseminated to other jurisdictions.

Learning Areas:

Environmental health sciences
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs

Learning Objectives:
Describe at least two reasons why local public health agencies need to take a leadership role in climate action planning. List at least three barriers to public health engagement in climate change related work. Describe at least two ways local health agencies can help build resiliency towards climate change.

Keyword(s): Climate and Health, Local Public Health Agencies

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: As a doctoral student, my research is in the area of climate change and health impacts on vulnerable populations. I have been involved with the LACDPH/UCLA collaboration on planning and developing the Climate and Health workshop series. I have also presented at two of the workshop sessions, one on vulnerable populations and the other exploring the linkage between climate change and air quality related health impacts.
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.