Office of Climate & Public Health

Preparing Connecticut for the health effects of climate change

The Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) Office of Climate and Public Health works with partners throughout the state, including the Yale Center on Climate Change and Health, to implement actions that enhance health equity, increase resiliency, and ensure Connecticut communities are prepared for the health impacts of climate change. The Office of Climate and Public Health focuses on populations most vulnerable to the health effects of climate change and seeks to address social determinants of health in the context of climate change.

More extreme weather, warmer temperatures, degraded water and air quality, and sea level rise are examples of the climate challenges that the people of Connecticut face. These challenges have both direct and indirect negative effects that include increasing healthcare costs, worsening health outcomes, reducing quality of life, and exacerbated social inequities. Populations that are particularly vulnerable include people living with a disability or other chronic health conditions, people of low wealth, people of color, children, and the elderly. The social determinants of health are key factors affecting individual and community resilience to climate change impacts. 

Health equity means that everyone has a fair and just opportunity to attain their full health potential, and that no one should be disadvantaged from achieving this potential because of income, race, ethnicity, physical status, exposure to environmental contaminants, social position or other socially determined circumstance. The Connecticut Department of Public Health was awarded in 2021 a five-year cooperative agreement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to focus on the many ways climate change impacts health. DPH is one of two new recipients, with a total of 11 recipients nationwide supported by this award.    

*** View our Climate Impact Compendium, a list of climate and health resources, including journal articles, state and federal reports and more! ***

Extreme Heat Resources
While anyone can be affected by extreme heat, some communities are disproportionately affected. This link provides information on how groups at higher risk of heat-related illness can stay safe during extreme heat events.

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