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Reg2PHTC-Climate1 NYS Department of Health: Climate & Health Profile


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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.

Prerequisites

 

BRACE-Climate101

Course Competencies

  • 1A01 Describes factors affecting the health of a community (e.g., equity, income, education, environment)
  • 1A04 Uses information technology in accessing, collecting, analyzing, using, maintaining, and disseminating data and information
  • 1A09 Describes public health applications of quantitative and qualitative data
  • 1A12 Contributes to assessments of community health status and factors influencing health in a community (e.g., quality, availability, accessibility, and use of health services; access to affordable housing)
  • 2A05 Identifies current trends (e.g., health, fiscal, social, political, environmental) affecting the health of a community
  • 2A12 Describes how public health informatics is used in developing, implementing, evaluating, and improving policies, programs, and services (e.g., integrated data systems, electronic reporting, knowledge management systems, geographic information systems)
  • 3A02 Communicates in writing and orally with linguistic and cultural proficiency (e.g., using age-appropriate materials, incorporating images)
  • 4A03 Describes the ways diversity may influence policies, programs, services, and the health of a community
  • 4A05 Addresses the diversity of individuals and populations when implementing policies, programs, and services that affect the health of a community
  • 4A06 Describes the effects of policies, programs, and services on different populations in a community
  • 5A02 Recognizes relationships that are affecting health in a community (e.g., relationships among health departments, hospitals, community health centers, primary care providers, schools, community-based organizations, and other types of organizations
  • 5A05 Collaborates with community partners to improve health in a community (e.g., participates in committees, shares data and information, connects people to resources)
  • 6A03 Describes how public health sciences (e.g., biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental health sciences, health services administration, social and behavioral sciences, and public health informatics) are used in the delivery of the 10 Essential Public Heal
  • 7A02 Describes government agencies with authority to impact the health of a community
  • 8A02 Describes public health as part of a larger inter-related system of organizations that influence the health of populations at local, national, and global levels
  • 8A08 Describes the impact of changes (e.g., social, political, economic, scientific) on organizational practices