This document provides a suggested sequence of steps that health departments can undertake to assess health vulnerabilities associated with climate change. The changing climate is linked to increases in a wide range of non-communicable and infectious diseases. There are complex ways in which climatic factors (like temperature, humidity, precipitation, extreme weather events, and sea-level rise) can directly or indirectly affect the prevalence of disease. Identification of communities and places vulnerable to these changes can help health departments assess and prevent associated adverse health impacts. The value of a vulnerability assessment is that it allows health departments to understand the people and places in their jurisdiction that are more susceptible to adverse health impacts associated with the climate-related exposures modified by climate change. This assessment of people and place vulnerability can then be used to implement more targeted public health action to reduce harm to people.
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Climate Resilient Development
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