Meeting Archive:
Building Resilience Against Climate Change: Climate-Ready States

Meeting Description:

Weather and climate have affected human health for millennia. Now, climate change is altering weather and climate patterns that previously have been relatively stable. Climate experts are particularly confident that climate change will bring increasingly frequent and severe heat waves and extreme weather events, as well as a rise in sea levels. These changes have the potential to affect human health in several direct and indirect ways, some of them severe.

CDC has developed a framework that supports health departments in incorporating advanced climate models into health department planning and response activities. The Building Resilience Against Climate Effects (BRACE) framework is a five step process that enables a health department to anticipate the change in disease rates linked to the changing climate and associated environmental conditions. BRACE is designed to improve the quality of inputs and assumptions made during the traditional planning process, and supports the development and implementation of a unified climate and health adaptation strategy for a jurisdiction.

There are five sequential steps in the BRACE Framework:

1.      Forecasting Climate Impacts and Assessing Vulnerabilities

2.       Projecting the Disease Burden

3.       Assessing Public Health Interventions

4.       Developing and Implementing a Climate and Health Adaptation Plan

5.       Evaluating Impact and Improving Quality of Activities

This second webinar in this two-part series will showcase the efforts of two state health departments and how they used the BRACE Framework to address climate- and weather-related health issues in their states.

Date: Wed, Jul 17, 2013
Time: 02:00 PM EDT
Duration: 1 hour
Host(s): ASTHO
 Presenter Information
Kristin Raab
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Kristin Raab works for the Minnesota Department of Health as the Climate and Health Program Director.  She has worked in public health for over 10 years and holds master’s degrees in public health, epidemiology and landscape architecture.  Ms. Raab is interested in creating healthier environments through design and policy change. Ms. Raab is an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota, Landscape Architecture Department, and has taught courses on sustainable site design.

Andrea Hamberg
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Andrea Hamberg is the program coordinator for Oregon Health Authority's Climate and Health and Health Impact Assessment Programs. She comes to the work with a background in planning and community-based development, and brings extensive skills in training, strategic planning, and partnership development. While acting as HIA program coordinator, Ms. Hamberg has trained hundreds of Oregonians in the steps of HIA; provided technical assistance to county health departments as they conducted their own HIAs; and acted as project coordinator and co-author on in several HIAs, including OHA's Climate Smart Communities Scenarios HIA. Within the Climate and Health Program, Ms. Hamberg has supported OHA's participation in the Oregon Global Warming Commission and led five local health jurisdictions in the development of local climate and health adaptation plans.

Bruce (Jeff) Jeffries
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Harry Bruce (Jeff) Jeffries, Jr, PA, MA, is the Acting Deputy Director, Division of Health Protection, Georgia Department of Public Health.  Selected as the Acting Deputy Director in 2012, Jeff has leadership responsibility for Emergency Preparedness and Response (HPP and PHEP programs), Environmental Health and Office of Pharmacy.

Gino Marinucci
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Gino Marinucci is the Strategy and Policy Advisor for the Climate and Health Program at the National Center for Environmental Health within the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).