You’re Invited! IH Section Climate Change & Health Working Group’s Open House, Sunday, November 5

You are invited to the IH section’s  Climate Change & Health Working Group’s Open House!  

The IH section’s Climate Change and Health working group is small but mighty!  Stop by our Open House at the American Public Health Association’s Annual Meeting on Sunday, November 5th (#283.0) from 4 pm to 5:30 pm in Room B409. We hope to see Environmental Health members, especially those who are also International Health members.  We will network and discuss our 2017 successes and our proposed plans for 2018.  See the link to the brochure below for more information about the working group.

International Climate Change and Health Working Group Brochure

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Adaptation Community Meeting 9/21: Climate Change and Health in Mozambique – Impacts and Responses

Remarkable progress is being made across Sub-Saharan Africa on public health. Child mortality, rates of stunting and incidence of diseases such as malaria and meningitis are dropping. But these gains may be lost as changes in climate and weather promote disease outbreaks and greater food insecurity. Owing to its location, demographics and geography, Mozambique is particularly vulnerable to negative outcomes on health resulting from changes in climate. Malaria is already widespread and poor water supply and sanitation infrastructure lead to frequent contamination of water resources during floods.

Over the past few years, the USAID-funded Climate Change Adaptation, Thought Leadership and Assessments (ATLAS) project has been examining the relationship between temperature and rainfall trends and diarrheal disease and malaria rates in Mozambique.

At the September Adaptation Community Meeting, Climate Vulnerability and Adaptation Specialist Fernanda Zermoglio will provide the latest research and findings from this work, as well as what is being done to strengthen Mozambique’s health system preparedness and response.

Thursday, September 21, 2017
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm ET

Location:
Chemonics International, Inc.
1717 H St. NW, Washington, DC 20006

To join remotely:
Online webinar – https://meet93445775.adobeconnect.com/september2017/
*If it is your first time using Adobe Connect please allow for up to 15 minutes for the plug-in to download before you can join the webinar.

For more details and registration, click here.

Speaker:
Fernanda Zermoglio has been on the forefront of climate change adaptation science, assessment methodology, programming and policy for the past 15+ years. A geographer with a detailed knowledge of climate modeling and various adaptation methodologies, she has synthesized applied research, pragmatic tools and knowledge-sharing platforms to inform the design, implementation and integration of climate adaptation assessments across a number of countries, in support of various donors and local governments. Since 2014 she has been the Climate Vulnerability and Adaptation Specialist on the DC-based ATLAS project.

Check out the Adaptation Community Meetings page on Climatelinks to find: 1) information on upcoming meetings, 2) recordings of previous meetings organized by category and 3) post-event blogs.

APHA Climate Changes Health, Pre-Conference Summit, November 4

Climate Changes Health: Ensuring Environmental Justice Underlies Public Health’s Climate Change Work
A Pre-Conference Summit of the APHA Environment Section
November 4, 2017
9am-5pm
Spelman College
Atlanta, GA
This event is free, but space is limited. Registration is required.

This pre-conference workshop is an opportunity for approximately 100 leading EJ leaders and public health practitioners, scholars, and students to advance work towards climate justice. The day will include: 1) storytelling from environmental justice (EJ) leaders about lessons learned in their climate change work, 2) lightning talks to share data, tools, approaches, and resources, 3) facilitated roundtable networking to inform local climate planning efforts in ways that prioritize EJ issues, and 4) a reception and poster session to end the day.

– If you are also interested in presenting a lightning talk or poster, please see additional details and complete this call for presentations here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSctZ65klGc9iVegfLIUtQ7chBkF3ZWSbhFXYUBoD_YXuwvRNA/viewform?usp=sf_link

– We have funding for six $500 scholarships for students from backgrounds that are historically disadvantaged or underrepresented in college. If you are interested in attending the pre-conference summit and APHA’s annual meeting with this support, please see additional details and apply here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSePaBZUd6IhLIWYk5tZ-QaY8QGcgv_woC7YwoFf5M5Wo71vcA/viewform?usp=sf_link

This event is possible due to the generous support of the Graham Sustainability Institute at the University of Michigan and the Turner Foundation.

WFPHA Global Climate Change and Health Policy Survey Report

A report from a global survey to evaluate how nations are responding to the health impacts of climate change shows Australia is well behind other industrialised nations in protecting its citizen from the major health risks associated with global warming.

The report from the World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA) outlines responses from 35 countries in the first-ever global benchmarking survey of national climate and health policy.

The Climate and Health Alliance (CAHA) led the project working group, which includes experts from the WFPHA Environment Working Group/University of Illinois Chicago, Public Health Association of Australia, University of NSW, University of Notre Dame, and Health Care Without Harm.

The report is available at: https://noharm-global.org/sites/default/files/documents-files/3598/WFPHA-Global-Climate-Healthy-Policy-Survey.FINAL_.pdf


Learn more about APHA’s Year of Climate Change and Health and the health impacts of climate change.

And don’t forget to register for this year’s Annual Meeting. Creating the Healthiest Nation: Climate Changes Health.

 

US Climate and Health Alliance provides toolkit for health professionals to act on #climatechange

The US Climate and Health Alliance has just launched their new State Policy Initiative. Please explore the online hub, which includes tools and information designed for and by health professionals to help bring the health voice to climate policy. Health professionals can use the tools and resources towards several important goals: to inform policy makers that climate change is a critical health issue; to raise the health voice in state discussions about climate change policy decisions and strengthen support for action at the state level; and to ultimately integrate health and health equity into state climate policies. Start exploring the tools.

Why Does the Health Voice Matter?

Health professionals are respected and credible individuals in their communities. Your voice can raise support for climate action by helping community members and policymakers better understand the health impacts of climate change and co-benefit opportunities of climate action. Until now, the health message—that climate change is our biggest health crisis and that we need to act now—has been largely untapped in the climate change conversation.

Visit the State Policy Initiative site today.