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. 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.
Oregon does not yet have a clear and common methodology to assess and identify populations most vulnerable to climate-related risks. Local jurisdictions often 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