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Am J Public Health. 2014 Mar;104(3):e22-30. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2013.301796. Epub 2014 Jan 16.

Public health and climate change adaptation at the federal level: one agency's response to Executive Order 13514.

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Jeremy J. Hess is with the Climate and Health Program, Division of Environmental Hazards and Health Effects, National Center for Environmental Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Atlanta, GA, and the Department of Emergency Medicine, School of Medicine, Emory University, Atlanta. Paul J. Schramm and George Luber are with the Climate and Health Program, Division of Environmental Hazards and Health Effects, National Center for Environmental Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Abstract

Climate change will likely have adverse human health effects that require federal agency involvement in adaptation activities. In 2009, President Obama issued Executive Order 13514, Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance. The order required federal agencies to develop and implement climate change adaptation plans. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as part of a larger Department of Health and Human Services response to climate change, is developing such plans. We provide background on Executive Orders, outline tenets of climate change adaptation, discuss public health adaptation planning at both the Department of Health and Human Services and the CDC, and outline possible future CDC efforts. We also consider how these activities may be better integrated with other adaptation activities that manage emerging health threats posed by climate change.

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24432931
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PMC3953778
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10.2105/AJPH.2013.301796
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