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Climate and Health Equity
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From vector-borne diseases to hazard-related injuries, we expect an increase in a multitude of health impacts.Certain populations, like low-income families, outdoor workers, children, pregnant women and elderly people are most vulnerable to these health risks.

In addition to exasperating current inequities, climate change also presents intergenerational inequities. Sine greenhouse gases will persist in the atmosphere for centuries, creating uncertainty and risk for generations to come. Taking action today helps us prepare and protect the future health of our children and grandchildren.

Health equity means valuing everyone equally while leading efforts to address health disparities that stem from historical and contemporary injustices. In the public health frame, climate justice means that no person shoulders a heavier burden of climate impacts due to social or economic circumstances.

Advancing health equity is at the core of our mission in Oregon’s Public Health Division. The Climate and Health Program is building on this commitment and working toward climate equity, where all people have the ability to adapt and thrive in a changing climate.​ 

Vulnerability Assessment

Oregon does not yet have a clear and common methodology to assess and identify populations most vulnerable to climate-related risks. Recent experiences in implementing the CDC’s Building Resilience Against Climate Effects (BRACE) Framework demonstrated that local jurisdictions lack the capacity to quantify and assess the interactions of social vulnerability and health risks related to climate change.

In response to this need, we are developing a climate-focused vulnerability assessment in partnership with Oregon’s Environmental Public Health Tracking program.

Climate and Health Equity Resources
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Funded by the Annenberg Foundation, the Energy Foundation and
the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation (2010)
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Multnomah County (2012)
Regional Equity Atlas
This project is a collaboration between the Coalition for a Livable Future
and Metro Regional Government (2013)