Next Article in Journal
Investigation of the Effects of Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA) and Perfluorooctane Sulfonate (PFOS) on Apoptosis and Cell Cycle in a Zebrafish (Danio rerio) Liver Cell Line
Next Article in Special Issue
Effects of Extreme Temperatures on Cause-Specific Cardiovascular Mortality in China
Previous Article in Journal
Active Commuting Behaviors in a Nordic Metropolitan Setting in Relation to Modality, Gender, and Health Recommendations
Previous Article in Special Issue
Changes in the Effect of Heat on Mortality in the Last 20 Years in Nine European Cities. Results from the PHASE Project
Article Menu

Export Article

Open AccessArticle
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2015, 12(12), 15649-15672; doi:10.3390/ijerph121215010

Challenges and Opportunities for Advancing Work on Climate Change and Public Health

1
School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley, 50 University Hall #7360, Berkeley, CA 94720, USA
2
Center for Climate Change and Health, Public Health Institute, 555 12th St. 10th Floor, Oakland, CA 94607, USA
*
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Academic Editor: Jan C. Semenza
Received: 1 October 2015 / Revised: 28 November 2015 / Accepted: 1 December 2015 / Published: 9 December 2015
(This article belongs to the Collection Climate Change and Human Health)
View Full-Text   |   Download PDF [241 KB, uploaded 9 December 2015]

Abstract

Climate change poses a major threat to public health. Strategies that address climate change have considerable potential to benefit health and decrease health inequities, yet public health engagement at the intersection of public health, equity, and climate change has been limited. This research seeks to understand the barriers to and opportunities for advancing work at this nexus. We conducted semi-structured in-depth interviews (N = 113) with public health and climate change professionals and thematic analysis. Barriers to public health engagement in addressing climate change include individual perceptions that climate change is not urgent or solvable and insufficient understanding of climate change’s health impacts and programmatic connections. Institutional barriers include a lack of public health capacity, authority, and leadership; a narrow framework for public health practice that limits work on the root causes of climate change and health; and compartmentalization within and across sectors. Opportunities include integrating climate change into current public health practice; providing inter-sectoral support for climate solutions with health co-benefits; and using a health frame to engage and mobilize communities. Efforts to increase public health sector engagement should focus on education and communications, building leadership and funding, and increasing work on the shared root causes of climate change and health inequities. View Full-Text
Keywords: climate change; public health; health equity; qualitative research; public health practice; intersectoral collaboration climate change; public health; health equity; qualitative research; public health practice; intersectoral collaboration
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. (CC BY 4.0).

Scifeed alert for new publications

Never miss any articles matching your research from any publisher
  • Get alerts for new papers matching your research
  • Find out the new papers from selected authors
  • Updated daily for 49'000+ journals and 6000+ publishers
  • Define your Scifeed now

SciFeed Share & Cite This Article

MDPI and ACS Style

Gould, S.; Rudolph, L. Challenges and Opportunities for Advancing Work on Climate Change and Public Health. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2015, 12, 15649-15672.

Show more citation formats Show less citations formats

Related Articles

Article Metrics

Article Access Statistics

1

Comments

[Return to top]
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health EISSN 1660-4601 Published by MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland RSS E-Mail Table of Contents Alert
Back to Top