Presentation:†† Public Healthís Response to Climate Change in Florida
Speaker:††††††††† Dr Sandra Whitehead, PhD
Florida Department of Health, in partnership with the Association of State and
Territorial Health Organizations, has developed a strategic plan to address the
public health consequences of climate change. The methods used in Floridaís pilot program
to educate and empower employees in this emerging area of public health can be
used as a model for other states. The audience will be invited to give input on
the methodology used, other strategies that can be employed and next steps to
creating a five year staff development plan
Florida was one of the first states to
create a state-wide plan to adapt and mitigate the effects of climate change.
However, it gives little direction to address the resulting public health
issues. Rising water sea levels associated with climate change will affect Florida profoundly, as
water levels have already risen 8 inches in between 1900 and 2000. During this
coastal population has increased at an alarming rate. According to the Natural
Resources Defense Council, Florida
can expect an additional rise of between 8 and 30 inches in the next 100
Through a grant from the Association of State and
Territorial Health Officers, the Department of Health has developed a strategic
plan to educate its workforce about the public health consequences, to connect
with community initiatives and to develop strategies to respond. This plan will
be presented and audience members will be invited to provide comments and
recommendations for the next step in this five year process.
strategies public health officials can employ to assess the effects of climate
change and appropriate responses.
has developed a strategic plan to identify and measure the capacity of public
health to respond to climate change.
approach can be replicated in other states, assessing the strengths and
weaknesses of the methods employed.