Communities across the United States can – and want – to take action now to reduce the impact of climate change on health, but they need clearer, more flexible guidance and better resources at the state and local levels, according to a new study from the University of Washington School of Public Health.
Published online Jan. 8 in the American Journal of Public Health, the study outlines a set of indicators, set within a standard public health framework, to help state and local health agencies plan and track climate change adaptation efforts.
“The indicators are a guide to aid agencies, departments and tribes in considering what steps they need to take and what areas they need to invest to become more climate-prepared organizations,” the researchers wrote. The study’s lead author is Ms. Annie Doubleday, who conducted the research while a graduate student in the University of Washington School of Public Health’s Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences.
The study’s corresponding author is Dr. Jeremy Hess, an associate professor of medicine, environmental and occupational health sciences and global health at the UW Schools of Public Health and Medicine. Co-authors are Drs. Nicole Errett and Kristie Ebi.Friday Letter Submission, Publish on January 24