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Am J Prev Med. 2008 Nov;35(5):501-7. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2008.08.018.

Community-based adaptation to the health impacts of climate change.

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ESS, LLC, 5249 Tancreti Lane, Alexandria VA 22304, USA.


The effects of and responses to the health impacts of climate change will affect individuals, communities, and societies. Effectively preparing for and responding to current and projected climate change requires ongoing assessment and action, not a one-time assessment of risks and interventions. To promote resilience to climate change and other community stressors, a stepwise course of action is proposed for community-based adaptation that engages stakeholders in a proactive problem solving process to enhance social capital across local and national levels. In addition to grassroots actions undertaken at the community level, reducing vulnerability to current and projected climate change will require top-down interventions implemented by public health organizations and agencies.

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