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Health Equity and Social Vulnerability
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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 elders are most vulnerable to these health risks.


In addition to exasperating current inequities, climate change also presents intergenerational inequities. Since greenhouse gases persist in the atmosphere for centuries, taking action today helps us prepare and protect the future health of our children and grandchildren.


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 no person shoulders a heavier burden of climate impacts due to social or economic circumstances.

Vulnerability Assessment

The Climate and Health Program developed this assessment to inform public health professionals and community partners engaged in climate change adaptation and resilience planning. It focuses specifically on social vulnerability as a way to integrate the concepts of social determinants and environmental justice into long-term planning. We hope to build off of this initial set of maps, adding measures of hazard exposures (such as extreme heat) and measures of adaptive capacity (such as air conditioning).



A set of maps focused on social vulnerability indicators intended for climate resilience and adaptation planning in Oregon. 
Oregon Climate and Health Program (2015)



Health Equity Resources

Climate and Health Story Project

A set of perspectives on climate and health in Oregon.

Story Project Guide​​​

Guide for developing a story project as a stakeholder engagement tool

Oregon Climate and Health Program (2014)

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Climate Change, Health and Equity:
Opportunities for Action

Public Health Institute (2015)

Health Equity and Inclusion Strategies

A tool for identifying opportunities to enhance
equity, diversity, inclusion, and reduce disparate impact
in programs and services.

Oregon Health Authority's Office of Equity and Inclusion (2015)

A Practitioner's Guide for Advancing Health Equity:

Incorporating Equity into Foundational Skills of Public Health

CDC (2014)

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The Climate Gap: Inequality in How Climate Change Hurts
Americans and How to Close the Gap



Funded by the Annenberg Foundation, the Energy Foundation and
the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation (2010)


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Equity and Empowerment Lens

Multnomah County (2012)

Guidance for Integrating Culturally Diverse Communities
into Planning for and Responding to Emergencies:
A Toolkit

Recommendations of the National Consensus Panel on Emergency Preparedness and Cultural Diversity (2011)

The Roots of Health Inequity:
Web-based Course for Public Health Workforce​

NACCHO (2011)

Regional Equity Atlas

Regional Equity Atlas:
The Portland Metro Region's Geography of Opportunity

This project is a collaboration between
the Coalition for a Livable Future
and Metro Regional Government (2013)


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