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Climate Smart Communities: Connections with Public Health

Originally presented on May 16, 2019

Dazzle Ekblad

Climate Policy Analyst
Office of Climate Change
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

Neil Muscatiello, M. S.
Research Scientist and Principal Investigator
Climate Ready Cities and States Initiative/Building Resilience Against Climate Effects
New York State Department of Health

Climate change is a growing threat to communities in New York State. Building resilience to climate change can prevent and reduce health effects associated with flooding, extreme heat, extreme weather and natural disasters. The Climate Smart Communities (CSC) Program encourages local governments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to a changing climate. Communities can take the pledge to become a Climate Smart Community and work towards certification by completing CSC actions. Many of the actions within the program could have benefits to public health, and some already align with existing public health efforts. This webcast will describe the Climate Smart Communities’ Program and how many of the actions within the program are also associated with public health benefits. Participants will learn how the program addresses climate change and impacts public health, as well as how local health departments can get involved.

Learning Outcome
As a result of this activity, the learner will expand their knowledge and competence on the Climate Smart Communities (CSC) Program and the impact of climate change on healthcare and public health in their community.

Learning Objectives
After viewing the webcast, viewers will be able to:

  • Describe how greenhouse gas emissions produced through human activity are leading to changes in the climate that may affect health;
  • Summarize the benefits of certification as a Climate Smart Community; and
  • Identify how actions to become a Climate Smart Community can lead to improved public health outcomes.

Target Audience
Public health professionals, physicians, physician assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, local health department staff and other medical and public health professionals.

CE credits for this activity expired on 5/31/2022.