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NWCPHP Research Cited in US Senate Hearing

On August 1, 2012, NWCPHP research was cited in the US Senate hearing on Climate Change Science and Local Adaptation Measures.
NWCPHP Research Cited in US Senate Hearing

The Senate's side of the Capitol Building in Washington DC.

NWCPHP research was cited in the US Senate hearing on Climate Change Science and Local Adaptation Measures.

August 30, 2012

On August 1, 2012, the US Senate hearing on Climate Change Science and Local Adaptation Measures attracted an overflow crowd. The hearing was held to update Committee members on the growing body of scientific evidence of climate change and its effects on human health.

Representing the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), Jonathan Fielding presented testimony on the health impacts of climate change and gave examples of how local health departments have begun to respond. Fielding, MD, MPH, MBA, Director and Health Officer of the Los Angeles County Health Department, cited climate change research conducted by NWCPHP and the University of Washington Department of Environmental and Occupation Health Sciences, which documented rising temperatures and the increased risk of death on hot days in Washington State.

As Fielding noted, the observed and potential impacts of climate change on health include food insecurity, disease, population displacement, and injury from extreme weather events. Although there continues to be a partisan divide over the issue of climate change, the growing body of scientific evidence substantiates that climate change is real. Local health departments, Fielding observed, “are uniquely positioned to prepare for and respond to the health effects of climate change,” and to “communicate these realities to policymakers and the public.”

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