Oregon's Climate & Health Program is largely funded through the Climate-Ready States and Cities Initiative at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. As part of this initiative, states are developing Climate and Health Profile Reports that will help to facilitate an evidence-based approach to climate change adaptation in public health.
The Oregon Climate and Health Profile will lay the groundwork for subsequent steps outlined in the CDC's BRACE (Building Resilience Against Climate Effects) Framework.
Social Vulnerability Assessment
When it comes to protecting our health, we know that risks vary from place to place, and person to person. Some communities are more vulnerable to climate risks than others and potential impacts to our health depend on a number of factors, including where we live and our current health condition. Following the release of the Oregon Climate and Health Profile, our program will conduct a statewide social vulnerability assessment to better understand who is at greatest risk.
Oregon Climate and Health Adaptation
In the next few years, we will work with partners and stakeholders to develop a statewide Climate and Health Adaptation Plan. The Adaptation Plan will address priorities identified in the Oregon Climate and Health Profile and incorporate findings from the social vulnerability assessment. This statewide plan will provide a set of recommendations for policies and practices that build our collective resilience and adaptive capacity.
To learn more about current climate adaptation planning in Oregon, take a look at the local efforts underway and our selected resources on climate adaptation.
Health Impacts in Oregon
Together with the Climate and Health Program, local jurisdictions identified the following climate-driven health impacts: injury and mortality, water and vector-borne diseases, respiratory diseases, malnutrition and food insecurity, and mental health impacts. We identified these concerns through stakeholder involvement and analysis of climate projections that anticipate increases in temperature, extreme weather, insect and pest outbreaks, wildfires, sea level, droughts, and economic stress.