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Local counties working to create public health adaptation plans
In 2011, five Local Health Jurisdictions (LHJ) were awarded funds to develop public health climate change adaptation plans using the BRACE model (developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). Over the next two years, Benton County, Jackson County, Crook County, Multnomah County, and North Central Health District, along with the Oregon Health Authority Climate and Health program, will be working as a cohort to:
- Understand projected local and state-level impacts from climate change
- Research potential local health concerns related to those impacts
- Develop adaptation plans to protect the health of their communities
By the end of the two-year project, participants - working closely with colleagues in emergency preparedness - will have developed climate change public health adaptation plans to protect the health of their communities.
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Ready for Change Workshops
In the spring of 2011, OHA, in partnership with the Climate Leadership Institute, delivered four trainings around Oregon. Sixty-eight individuals participated in the trainings, representing 92% of Oregon’s population through county participation, as well as three cities, three tribes and three additional organizations. The trainings incorporated a series of presentations, group discussions, table discussions, and table‐top activities.
Ready for Change Workshop presentations
Health Impact Assessment on Climate Change Policies
OHA currently plans to help improve state agencies’ capacity to conduct climate change related Health Impact Assessments (HIA). For more information about HIA, please visit www.healthoregon.org/hia.
Oregon’s Health Impact Assessment program is teaming up with Metro and the Oregon Department of Transportation to assess the potential health impacts of Metro’s Climate Smart Communities greenhouse gas reduction scenario planning.
Health impact assessment (HIA) provides decision-makers with information about how any policy, program, or project may affect the health of people. The Climate Smart Communities HIA (CSC HIA ) will describe the health impacts of proposed carbon-reduction strategies to decision-makers, and ensure that the best health-promoting elements are included in the preferred scenario.
Oregon is pleased to be participating in CDC's Climate-Ready States & Cities Initiative.