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Last Edited: 9/16/2012

CEHTP Climate Change Research and Results

The California Environmental Health Tracking Program (CEHTP) has led and provided technical assistance on research projects related to the public health impacts of climate change. This research has focused on three major areas: (1) identifying populations vulnerable to climate change, (2) the health impacts of climate change policies, and (3) evaluating the health impacts from extreme weather events related to climate change. 

Community Vulnerabilities to Climate Change

With financial support from the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), CEHTP developed a tool to screen communities for vulnerability to climate change using a relatively simple, transparent, and flexible method.  This tool was piloted for Los Angeles and Fresno Counties.  The research builds upon an Environmental Justice Screening Method (EJSM) developed by the University of Southern California’s Program for Environmental and Regional Equity.  Read more...


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Environmental Health Indicators of Climate Change

CEHTP participated in the State Environmental Health Indicator Collaborative (SEHIC) effort to identify environmental health indicators related to climate change.  The project identified (1) health outcomes that are sensitive to climate change and (2) characteristics that make a community susceptible to climate change.  Data on these indicators will be necessary to best (1) design, implement, and evaluate public health adaptation strategies to climate change and (2) conduct research on the health impacts of climate change.  Read more...


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Health Impact Assessment (HIA) of a Proposed Cap-and-Trade Framework in California

The HIA of cap-and-trade — with support by a grant from the Health Impact Project, a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts — was conducted by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and CEHTP.  This HIA was the first to be conducted by a State agency in California.  The HIA described how a cap-and-trade program may impact public health and suggested recommendations to minimize health risks while improving health benefits. The HIA results were presented to the California Air Resources Board (ARB), the agency implementing AB 32.  Read more...


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Heat-Related Illness and Mortality

In 2006, CEHTP initiated the formation of the Climate Change Public Health Impacts Assessment and Response Collaborative.  The collaborative produced a report on population vulnerability to heat-related illness and mortality in California.  The report identified warming trends in California and populations at risk for heat-related morbidity and mortality.  This collaborative included representatives from the CDPH Environmental Health Investigations Branch (EHIB), the CDPH Epidemiology and Prevention for Injury Control Branch, CEHTP, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and Natural Resources Defense Council.  Read more...


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Health Impacts from the 2006 California Heat Wave

CEHTP collaborated with the Natural Resources Defense Council to conduct an analysis of the 2006 heat wave in California.  The results showed that, during the heat wave, there were 1,182 more hospitalizations and 16,166 more emergency room visits than would be expected.  This research is essential for better understanding and planning for future heat events in California.  Read more...


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