Online Program

Overview and context for research highlighted in the upcoming U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) report: Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States: A Scientific Assessment

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 : 4:50 p.m. - 5:10 p.m.

Allison Crimmins, Environmental Protection Agency (U.S.EPA), Washington, DC
Climate change threatens human health and well-being in the United States. To enhance understanding of this growing threat, the Interagency Group on Climate Change and Human Health (CCHHG), a working group of the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP), is in the process of developing a scientific assessment as part of the ongoing efforts of USGCRP’s National Climate Assessment (NCA) and as called for under the President’s Climate Action Plan. The purpose of this assessment is to provide a comprehensive, evidence-based, and, where possible, quantitative estimation of observed and projected climate change related health impacts in the United States. When the final assessment is released (expected spring 2016), the results will inform public health officials, urban and disaster response planners, decision makers, and other stakeholders within and outside of government who are interested in better understanding the risks climate change presents to human health. Four chapters within this assessment—Extreme Temperatures, Air Quality Impacts, Vectorborne Diseases, and Water-Related Illness— highlight new quantitative analyses based on modeling conducted by multiple federal research agencies to project national or regional scale health impacts. This presentation will give an overview of the process and development of the USGCRP Climate and Health Assessment and provide context for three presentations on modeling results (see separate abstracts).

Learning Areas:

Environmental health sciences

Learning Objectives:
Describe the process of developing the United States Global Change Research Program assessment on climate and health, to provide context for the modeling analyses conducted for this assessment.

Keyword(s): Climate and Health, Environmental Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the lead coordinator of the USGCRP Climate and Health Assessment, which assesses the observed and projected impacts of climate change on human health in the United States. I am an environmental scientist in EPA's office of air and radiation and my scientific expertise is in the area of climate change science and impacts, particularly oceanography, atmospheric chemistry, and paleoclimate. I also have a degree in public policy focusing on international and global affairs.
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.

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