PUBLIC HEALTH RESOURCES

From allergies and asthma to heat stroke and vector-borne diseases, the public health impacts of climate change are an increasing concern. The resources in this collection provide background information and recommendations for communicating a public health message within a climate context.

 

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This report looks at the psychological impacts climate change has on mental health and well-being. The report provides health professionals, climate communicators and policymakers with the tools needed to respond to this issue and bolster public engagement.  

 

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George Mason University joined together with Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health to get Maryland residents’ opinions on climate change, energy sources, and public health. 

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The Nielsen Sunshine State Survey reports on participant’s views and opinions on current issues such as the environment, public finance, and policy.  

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This report explores the serious health risks Latino communities face daily caused by air pollution from oil and gas facilities. 

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This guide provides three foundational topics in understanding health equity and physicians’ roles in climate change. 

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A study from Community Health Councils finds that low-income communities of color in Los Angeles are more at risk from local oil drilling operations than more affluent predominantly white neighborhoods.

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Climate change both directly and indirectly affects human health. This article outlines how climate health communication among vulnerable populations should emphasize protective actions instead of risk message.

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New policy statement sates climate change poses a threat to human health and safety, but children are uniquely vulnerable.

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This survey was given to members of an African American physician’s association. Results show that members were likely to believe in climate change, say that it was affecting the health of their patients, and support climate action. It also confirms that doctors believe that climate change will disproportionately impact those who are already vulnerable. This report may be useful to climate communicators who seek to interface with the health community or to convey the consensus from the well-trusted medical profession.

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This comprehensive report looks at climate change impacts to American health. Climate communicators may want to refer to this report for essential facts and information on the health impacts.

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This report shows how philanthropic organizations have started to make the connection between climate change and health, even as many others have not. A good resource for climate communicators who are looking to report the opportunities for advancement at the health-climate nexus.

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This report will give climate change communicators a sense of how few Americans have given due consideration to the connections between global warming and health. 

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This report demonstrates that among even the most alarmed citizens, the connections between climate change and health have yet to be fully fleshed out. This is a useful tool for climate communicators who wish to know their audience better as they communicate health impacts of climate change.

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A report aiming to guide local health departments in communicating the health risks of climate change. 

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A report for residents of Los Angeles about specific local health impacts from climate change. 

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The EPA is looking at introducing new regulations on carbon pollution from coal-fired power plants, and this guide from Resource Media and US CAN want to help health professionals communicate it.

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Climate change affects our planet in many ways, and therefore will affect our health and health care system as well: including extreme heat events, reduced air quality, and increased disease transmission.

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An overview of the mental health risks from climate change fueled extreme weather events and the proactive steps governments and organizations can take to prepare for them. 

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A majority of Maryland residents are concerned about the risks of climate change and the health and environmental costs of how their energy is generated.

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Responding to climate change is strengthening cities for the better as leaders are realizing the social, economic, and health advantages to addressing climate change that have additional benefits for cities as a whole.

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A guide to help public health professionals communicate the health implications of climate change to the public, colleagues and decision makers.

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Academic journal article proposing a public health approach to climate change, based on essential public health services, and offering public health actions to address climate change.

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A report (and accompanying toolkit) on the role of coal-fired power plants on inequitable health outcomes and the disproportionate impact of climate change on low income communities and communities of color.

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A guidebook from The Resource Innovation Group on integrating climate planning within public health departments that provides an overview of the health impacts of climate change and related mitigation and preparedness activities, strategies for building successful collaborations, and messaging recommendations.
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A report on how global warming impacts public mental health and the mental health care system that includes communications, behavior change and public education recommendations.

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ROUNDTABLE: June 12, 2013

A growing body of research and experience indicates that framing climate as a human health issue has great potential to resonate with various audiences. So, what does the science allow climate practitioners and health care professionals to say about the connections between climate and health? What public health messages and messengers are the most effective in communicating climate change risks? 

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A summary of the Center for Climate Change Communication's recommendations for why, with whom, and how public health professionals should communicate about climate change.

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A concise presentation of a Toolkit for Canadian Public Health and Emergency Management officials regarding how to communicate the public health risks and implications of climate change to the public.

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An article outlining how the increasing recognition of connections between public health and climate change might be serve to raise public awareness and overcome political inaction on mitigation and adaptation.

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A review of the health impacts of climate change and strategies for increasing public awareness.

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Report on Canadians' perception of health risks from climate change and an analysis of current adaptation activities.

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