The U.S. Climate and Health Alliance (USCHA) is a national network of health care and public health practitioners and organizations dedicated to addressing the threat of climate change as a human and health crisis. USCHA is an affiliate of the Global Climate and Health Alliance. Here we would like to feature USCHA members and their work that have been in the news, newsworthy items of national import, and announcements that members wish to disseminate to a wider audience. If you would like to contribute items, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
5 Major Nursing Groups Join Climate Action Colaborative
On November 28 in Washington, D.C., the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments (ANHE) and ecoAmerica’s Climate for Health program announced that five prominent nursing organizations have joined them as signatories of the new Nursing Collaborative on Climate Change and Health.
New Lancet Countdown report on climate change and health
The Lancet Countdown released a new report assessing global progress on climate change and health. The report builds on the influential work of the 2015 Lancet Commission on Health and Climate Change, which concluded that anthropogenic climate change threatens to undermine the last 50 years of gains in public health, and conversely, that a comprehensive response could unlock “the greatest global health opportunity of the 21st century.”
The 2017 Report assesses progress in the global response to climate change and associated health impacts across 40 unique indicators and five thematic indicator groups. The report’s authors and the results of the 40 indicators come to three key conclusions…
NRDC releases new Extreme Heat Maps
Across the country, climate change is making heat waves hotter and more frequent. If that isn’t reason enough to sweat, consider the health impacts: As temperatures rise, so do the number of heat-related illnesses, emergency room visits, and deaths. Heat waves have been the top cause of U.S. weather fatalities, on average, over the past 30 years.
Explore the map by clicking on a state or clicking on the magnifying glass to type in your address. Areas with more than 9 days of extreme heat are living with more days of extreme heat than they did in the past, based on historical records.
Will More Hot Days Mean More Inequality?
Our colleagues at Denver’s Department of Environmental Health have been doing great work that is changing the way heat and climate change are understood in the city. As key members of our Climate Change and Health Learning Collaborative for local health departments, Denver DEH has created a vital heat vulnerability map that is being used to understand how to protect Denver’s most vulnerable communities in the face of the dangerous effects of climate change. Please read and share this article!
In Solidarity with Those Fighting for Justice in Charlottesville, VA
Our team at the Center for Climate Change and Health stands in solidarity with those terrorized by the violence and hatred of white supremacists and neo-nazis in Charlottesville, Virginia. What happened in Charlottesville is just one more reminder that white supremacy, racism, and bigotry remain a matter of life and death for communities of color. We stand against racism and oppression as a moral responsibility. But it is also fundamental to our fight against climate change, a matter of life and death for people around the world. What’s the connection?
Director Dr. Linda Rudolph highlighted in APHA’s The Nation’s Health
Director of USCHA’s host, the Center for Climate Change and Health, Linda Rudolph, MD, MPH, was featured in California strengthens its role as leader on climate change: State steps up as federal support lags in APHA’s publication, The Nation’s Health. California, she says, has “taken the climate problem to heart” because in many ways, the state is on the front lines of climate-related impacts. “California is taking a climate change-in-all-policies approach,” she said. Read more here.
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STATE POLICY INITIATIVE OFFICIALLY LAUNCHES, HELPING HEALTH PROFESSIONALS ACT ON CLIMATE POLICY
We have officially launched our newest project, the State Policy Initiative. Thanks to the support and guidance of our 300+ Alliance members and steering committee, we’ve created an online hub with tools and information designed for and by health professionals to help bring the health voice to climate policy.
UCS Blog: Climate and Energy in the Health Care Sector: An Interview with Bill Ravanesi
Health Organizations Release Statements on US Withdrawal from Paris Agreement
With the help of the American Lung Association, we’ve compiled more than 20 statements and related media coverage links from the perspectives of health organizations commenting on the detrimental decision by the White House to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreements.
USCHA is Officially a Member of US Climate Action Network (USCAN)
US Climate and Health Alliance (USCHA) is now officially a member of the US Climate Action Network (USCAN)! We are thrilled to be a part of this network of over 160 organizations working on climate change. The Network builds trust and alignments among members to fight climate change in a just and equitable way.