NPHW Friday: Climate Change

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Today is the fifth day of National Public Health Week, a time to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving our nation’s health.

Friday: Climate Change

In the fall of 2018, State Health Commissioner Dr. Norm Oliver, conducted a “Listening Tour” across the Commonwealth. He met with local health officials and community members to understand the health needs and concerns of those VDH serves. Through this tour, it became apparent that the public health effects of climate change are of high concern among Virginians. Climate change has been linked to more frequent and extreme natural disasters, such as hurricanes, flooding and drought. It is expected to negatively affect food security, water and air quality; and can increase the risks of vector-borne diseases, such as West Nile virus and Lyme disease. A VDH working group is working to identify health related impacts of climate change in Virginia, identify vulnerable populations, outline relevant data, programs, and research in collaboration with internal and external partners, and develop recommendations.

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