Part of the Public Health and Climate Change Webinar Series from the Great Lakes Public Health Training Collaborative and the Region 2 Public Health Training Center
Originally Aired March 30, 2016
Presenter: Asante Shipp Hilts, CRSCI-BRACE Coordinator, Office of Public Health Practice, New York State Department of Health
A "Climate and Health Profile" is a critically important first step for states and cities in projecting their climate and health disease burden. This webinar will describe the process undertaken by The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) to develop its initial Climate and Health Profile.
This webinar outlines the New York Climate and Health Profile Report, compiled as part of the BRACE (Building Resistance Against Climate Effects) initiative. It describes the climate trends being observed in New York State and their potential consequences, such as extreme heat and cold, severe weather, air pollution, and vector-, water-, and food-borne disease, which are likely to negatively impact the health of the most vulnerable populations in New York. These vulnerable populations include the elderly, those with cardiovascular disease, pregnant women, and those living in flood plains, all of whom have increased risk due to population, social, and environmental factors that put them at great risk in the face of climate change. The webinar concludes by presenting recommendations for public health adaptations and outlining next steps in addressing climate change in New York State.
Following the webinar, participants will be able to:
Describe how the climate is changing in New York State.
Discuss the potential health impacts associated with climate change.
Identify steps in the process of assessing vulnerability and understand who the vulnerable populations are in NYS.