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Participation and Engagement of Public Health Stakeholders in Climate and Health Adaptation

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Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics, Tucson, Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85724, USA
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Climate Assessment for the Southwest, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721, USA
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Maricopa County Department of Public Health, Phoenix, AZ 85012, USA
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Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721, USA
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School of Landscape Architecture and Planning, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721, USA
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Arizona Department of Health Services, Phoenix, AZ 85007, USA
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Atmosphere 2020, 11(3), 265; https://doi.org/10.3390/atmos11030265
Received: 4 February 2020 / Revised: 24 February 2020 / Accepted: 4 March 2020 / Published: 7 March 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Public Health Impacts of Climate Change)
Stakeholder participation at the intersection of climate and health is essential to assess and plan for the human health impacts of current and projected climate-sensitive hazards. Using the Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) Coalition on Climate Change and Public Health workgroup and the Climate Assessment for the Southwest (CLIMAS) program as examples, this paper describes the important role of scientist–public health stakeholder collaboratives in addressing the public health impacts of climate-sensitive hazards. Using the MCDPH and CLIMAS stakeholder groups, stakeholder connections were mapped to show relationships between the organization types and connections between scientists and public health stakeholders. Stakeholders, defined as meeting attendees, were primarily individuals from academic institutions (n = 175), government agencies (n = 114), non-profits (n = 90), and health departments (n = 85). Engaging public health stakeholders in transdisciplinary regional climate initiatives and addressing gaps in their networks helped these programs to develop more collaborative projects over time. View Full-Text
Keywords: public health practice; climate change; stakeholder engagement public health practice; climate change; stakeholder engagement
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Austhof, E.; Berisha, V.; McMahan, B.; Owen, G.; Keith, L.; Roach, M.; Brown, H.E. Participation and Engagement of Public Health Stakeholders in Climate and Health Adaptation. Atmosphere 2020, 11, 265.

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