Climate and Health
Climate change and its impact on health are increasingly major concerns across the region.
It is a threat to public health due to extreme heat events, irregular weather patterns, increased air pollution, increased risk of infectious diseases, and more. It is far reaching which is why climate change has become a critical public health issue.
Health professionals play a vital public health role when it comes to climate change. Their work involves conducting research on the health impacts of climate change, climate-related health risks, raising awareness among the public, and advocating for policies that address climate change.
MAPC's work emphasizes the evaluation of environmental, behavioral, and policy changes and the investments in social determinants of health by municipal, community, and health care partner organizations. With a strong commitment to equity, raising awareness, and advocating for policies that address climate change, we can help mitigate the negative health impacts of climate change and work towards a healthier future for all.
Heat Prep Research Briefs
Social determinants of health are the conditions in which people live that affect a wide range of health risks and outcomes. Our social context, economic situation, and built environment can buffer climate impacts by providing us a means to cope or adapt. They can also amplify climate impacts, especially among communities that have been subjected to structural racism and other inequities. MAPC identified six social determinant pathways through which people experience climate-driven extreme heat impacts. For each pathway, MAPC conducted a brief literature review and summarized the findings into a short memo.
Click on each one below to access the research briefs.