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A new study from George Mason University reveals that while a majority
of U.S. health department directors believe their city or county will
have serious public health problems as a result of climate change
within the next 20 years, very few of them have planned or implemented
activities to detect, prevent or adapt to these health threats.
Edward Maibach, professor and director of the Center for Climate
Change Communication and lead author of the study, wanted to understand
how directors of local public health departments view, and are
responding to, climate change as a public health issue.
"Relatively few Americans, businesses and policymakers are aware of
the consequences that climate change is likely to have on the health of
our communities, families and children," says Maibach. "Our research
shows that most, if not all, local health departments are going to
require assistance in making climate change adaptation and prevention a
priority and must take action now to ensure climate change does not
become an increasing global threat."
The study "Climate Change and Local Public Health in the United
States: Preparedness, Programs and Perceptions of Local Public Health
Department Directors," which will be published this week in the journal
Public Library of Science ONE, reveals that the majority of health
department directors believed that threats such as heat waves or
heat-related illnesses, reduced air quality and reduced water quality
or quantity were most likely to become more common or severe as a
result of climate change.
The study also suggests that several key factors may contribute to
local health departments' lack of preparedness. Most survey respondents
felt that the personnel in their health department – and other key
stakeholders in their community – had a lack of knowledge about climate
change, that little help was currently available from state and federal
public health officials, and that they needed additional funding, staff
and staff training to respond effectively to climate change.
"The reason why so many Americans view climate change as a threat to
other species rather than as a threat to people may be in part because
health professionals have been largely silent on the issue," says
Maibach. "By using the opportunities available to them, public health
and health care professionals can educate people on the threats of
climate change to their health and wellbeing."
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