Friday, 20 November 2009 13:52

Background Reading on Climate Change and Public Health

This post outlines suggested reading on public health issues associated with climate change. I will update it as new reports and studies are released.

The CDC Climate Change website suggests the following papers as a broad foundation on the health effects of climate change:

Frumkin H, Hess J, and Vindigni S. Peak petroleum and public health. JAMA. 298:1688-1690, 2007.

Frumkin H, Hess J, Luber G, Malilay J, and McGeehin M. Climate Change: The Public Health Response. Am J Public Health. 98:435-445, 2008.

Luber G, and Hess J. Climate change and human health in the United States. J of Env Health. 70(5):43-44, 2007.

Patz JA, McGeehin M, Bernard SM, Ebie KL, Epstein PR, Grambsch A, Gubler DJ, Reiter P, Romieu I, Rose JB, Samet JM, Trtang J. The potential health impacts of climate variability and change for the US. Env Hlth Pers. 108 (4): 36-54, 2000.

CDC is also launching a webinar series titled “Climate Change: Mastering the Public Health Role.”  For more information, visit the Climate Change and Public Health Workforce Development web page.

Additional general resources:

Climate Change: Our Health in the Balance, American Public Health Association 2008 National Public Health Week Partner Toolkit

The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) convened a series of webinars in 2008 and 2009 focused on the public health impacts of climate change:

Trust for America’s Health released an issue report in October 2009 highlighting climate change activity to date both at the federal level and by state and local health departments: Health Problems Heat Up: Climate Change and the Public’s Health

The U.S. Climate Change Science Program and the Subcommittee on Global Change Research released the following report on the health effects of global change in 2008: Analyses of the Effects of Global Change on Human Health and Welfare and Human Systems

The World Health Organization has released a training course on climate change and health targeted to public health professionals: Protecting our Health from Climate Change


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