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.