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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.

To Obtain Continuing Education Credits: 
Each participant interested in CE credits must complete an evaluation and post-test, which is available above under "Evaluation, Post-test & CE Credits". A score of 80% and above on the post-test will generate a certificate indicating the requested credits.

Please note: CPHCE cannot recreate lost certificates. Enter your e-mail address in the system to have your certificate sent to you.

Disclosure Statements

The planners, moderator, and presenters do not have any financial arrangements or affiliations with any commercial entities whose products, research or services may be discussed in this activity.

No commercial funding has been accepted for this activity.

Continuing Medical Education Credits

The School of Public Health, University at Albany is accredited by the Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The School of Public Health, University at Albany designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Continuing Medical Education Credits are offered until May 31, 2022.

Continuing Nurse Education Contact Hours

The University at Albany School of Public Health is approved as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the Northeast Multistate Division, an accredited approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

This offering is approved for 1 nursing contact hour(s).

Nursing Contact Hours are offered until February 28, 2022.

Certified Health Education Specialist Contact Hours

Sponsored by the School of Public Health, University at Albany, SUNY, a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES®) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES®) to receive up to 1.0 total Category I contact education contact hours. Maximum advanced-level continuing education contact hours available are 0. Continuing Competency credits available are 1.0. Provider ID# 99086.

Continuing Education Contact Hours are offered until May 31, 2022.