David Dyjack, NACCHO’s Associate Executive Director, discusses Local Public Health Department Funding for Climate Change

In an article which recently appeared in Roll Call, David Dyjack, the National Association of County and City Health Officials’ (NACCHO) Associate Executive Director, was asked to comment on a range of issues related to local public health and climate change, including decreasing funding levels and the need for community-specific public health adaptation strategies. Dyjack noted that while the Obama administration has continuously stressed that an increased level of attention needs to be paid to climate change mitigation and adaptation, budgets for the crucial programs needed to make this a reality have been continuously cut both by congress and his own administration.

To highlight the importance of altering this dynamic, Dyjack said that as “public health is profoundly local” the “challenges [caused by climate change] are local, and the solutions are local.” NACCHO, which has also seen its grant funding for climate change cut dramatically, will continue to provide technical assistance and resources for the 2,800 local public health departments operating nationwide that constitute its membership base.

Read the full article here (see page 4).

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2 thoughts on “David Dyjack, NACCHO’s Associate Executive Director, discusses Local Public Health Department Funding for Climate Change

  1. Gmaitlen
    May 9, 2014 at 10:28 am

    NAACHO would be better off staying out of the climate change controversy. There is a lot of valid argument here that man made CO2 levels are not haviing the decimating effects that were predicted 15 years ago. We just came off the coldest winter in years and long term climatologists say that we are likely entering another cold weather phase that could last for 15 o 20 years. Also cold phases in the past have been recorded with higher CO2 levels than we have now. While getting away from long term burning of carbon fuels is a good goal, fear tactics and distorted science with an obvious agenda should not be the way. I think national security and economic welfare might play in here somewhere as well.

  2. GE
    May 14, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    Gmaitlen, I strongly suggest you read the summary of the 2014 National Climate Assessment. We did not experience the coldest winter in years – yes, the American Northeast had a particularly bad winter, but “the period from December 2013 to February 2014 was the 8th warmest on record globally, the U.S. National Climatic Data Center reported Wednesday” (http://www.climatecentral.org/news/a-cold-u.s.-winter-for-sure-but-8th-warmest-globally-17196). We may not fully know what the impacts of climate change will be, but there is no doubt climate change is happening.

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