Climate change collaborativeIssued: Thursday, May 2, 2019
The seven public health units in northern Ontario will be working together on a project over the next two years to better understand and report on climate change and health vulnerability and adaptation. This work is supported by funding from Health Canada.
Climate change threatens human health around the world. Changing environments create new health issues, worsen existing health issues, and create health hazards through extreme weather related emergency situations.
“Responding to climate change requires local perspectives, local partnerships, and local actions. This means that our work needs to be supported by evidence, be responsive to community needs, and reflect current and emerging priorities,” said Dr. Penny Sutcliffe, Public Health Sudbury & Districts’ Medical Officer of Health.
The work of the project will help public health units understand what changes to expect and begin to prepare. Future steps will include engaging stakeholders and educating partners about the effects of climate change on health and explore possible future policies and programs that can help people adapt.
Climate change impacts in northern Ontario are expected to be different than in southern Ontario due to variations in geography and population density. This work will support understanding, preparedness, and response to climate change and consider local factors such as differences in population vulnerability, and diversity of communities.
A project planning and evaluation specialist will work with the partner public health units, which include Algoma Public Health, North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit, Northwestern Health Unit, Porcupine Health Unit, Public Health Sudbury & Districts, Thunder Bay District Health Unit, and Timiskaming Health Unit. The project will be administered at Northwestern Health Unit on behalf of the group.
For more information about the project, contact Public Health Sudbury & Districts at 705.522.9200, ext. 786 (toll-free 1.866.522.9200).