In a joint effort, the Building Resilience Against Climate Effects (BRACE) –Illinois Project at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health (UIC SPH), and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) developed and released a new educational video on how climate change will affect public health. The video describes how climate change is causing more heat waves, floods, and worsening air quality and the many health effects this will have on people. Three Illinois residents share their stories about how floods, heat, and poor air quality have altered their lives and affected both their physical and mental health. The video can inform public health professionals, healthcare providers, community based organizations, and people living in Illinois on how climate change will exacerbate certain health conditions.
The video will be utilized during trainings and presentations for state and local health department staff, urban and municipal planners, and mental health professionals. It will also be shared with community based organizations, emergency preparedness professionals, and other partners and stakeholders. The video is intended to improve climate literacy and better inform the people of Illinois that climate change is affecting our health, how it is affecting our health, and what we can do to protect ourselves, our families, and our communities. It will also help improve knowledge and build awareness about the connections between climate change and public health.
UIC SPH is one of 16 states and two cities to receive a BRACE grant from the Centers of Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) to build the capacity of Illinois’ public health system and reduce the public health impact from climate change. UIC SPH is working on behalf of IDPH on these efforts. UIC SPH recently received a second award to continue this work. In this next phase of the project, BRACE-Illinois will implement and evaluate strategies, continue to build climate change literacy and awareness, and work with stakeholders to identify vulnerable populations.