Health departments facing climate-related health issues

State and local public health departments across the U.S. have begun to prepare and respond to health risks related to climate change, including hazards such as extreme weather events, wildfires, and tick- and mosquito-borne diseases.

Efforts underway at health departments include educating the public about climate-related risks, monitoring certain diseases, and improving disaster response, according to climate change experts and health officials quoted in a February 27, 2019 GreenBiz article.

Public health departments are “where the rubber hits the road,” said Aaron Bernstein, co-director of Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment (C-CHANGE).

Read the GreenBiz article: Health departments are on the frontlines of climate change