A new White House fact sheet released as part of National Public Health Week outlines a series of actions the Obama administration is undertaking to better understand, communicate, and reduce the health impacts of climate change. These actions include:
- Convening stakeholders: The White House this week is holding a series of meetings with health and medical professionals, academics, and other interested stakeholders in observance of National Public Health Week. These meetings will lead up to a White House Climate Change and Health Summit to be held later this spring, which will feature the U.S. Surgeon General.
- Identifying solutions to minimize health impacts: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Public Health Association (APHL) released Adaptation in Action, a new report that highlights how seven cities and state grantees are successfully using the CDC’s Building Resilience Against Climate Effects framework to identify and mitigate climate-related public health threats. Additionally, CDC is releasing a Health Care Facilities Toolkit that will illustrate best practices for promoting resilient health care infrastructure.
- Expanding access to climate and health data: The White House is expanding its Climate Data Initiative to include more than 150 health-relevant datasets that can better inform public health professionals and communities about how to identify, minimize, and prevent the health impacts of climate change.
- Supporting training and education: The White House is announcing a coalition of deans from 30 medical, public health, and nursing schools around the country, who are committing to ensure that the next general of health professionals is trained to address the health impacts of climate change.
- Releasing draft climate and health assessment report: The U.S. Global Change Research Program released a draft Climate and Health Assessment report examining the observed and projected impacts of climate change on human health in the United States. The report covers weather and climate extremes, air quality, vector borne diseases, water- and food-related issues, mental health and well-being, and risks facing vulnerable populations. it is currently open for comment and formal peer review.
Read the White House fact sheet for more information on the series of executive actions announced related to climate preparedness and resilience.