Climate and Health
In 2012, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Bureau of
Environmental and Occupational Health (BEOH) was awarded a Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention (CDC) Building Resilience Against Climate Effects
(BRACE) project grant to study and prepare for anticipated climatic effects
on the publicís health. The overarching goal of this grant project is to
enhance the statewide capacity of DHS to assess, prepare for, and
effectively respond to climate and extreme weather events to reduce or
prevent negative health effects to Wisconsinís citizens.
The Wisconsin BRACE program seeks to develop climate
adaptation strategies based on best practices and scientific knowledge to
address health risks related to potential severe weather and climate-driven
events. The Climate and Health Program will explore the ability to predict
the public health burden for the following
climate-related risk factors: extreme heat, changing precipitation patterns
and flooding, drought, impacts on ground water aquifers and surface waters,
vector-borne diseases, and winter weather events.
BRACE Vision Statement:
To utilize scientifically-based evidence to prepare for and adapt to climate
and extreme weather events in order to reduce or prevent negative health
BRACE Mission Statement:
The Wisconsin BRACE Program will engage in collaborative efforts to
strategically plan for, respond to, and adapt to climate-related impacts and
extreme weather events to protect the health and well-being of Wisconsin's
citizens and visitors.
BRACE Values Statement:
To reduce or prevent health impacts from climate-related and extreme weather
events, the Wisconsin BRACE Program incorporates the following strategies:
use of a science-based and focused approach, leveraging existing programs and
infrastructures, developing capacity of our partners and their communities,
and building effective and supportive collaborations.
Health Toolkits for Health Professionals
Comprehensive toolkits were created to provide information to local
governments, local health departments, and citizens in Wisconsin about preparing
for and responding to different weather related emergencies. These toolkits
focus on providing background information, practical guidance, strategies,
media releases, talking points, definitions, and useful reference materials
on various weather related emergencies.
View the current list of the toolkits.
Climate and Health Profile Report (PDF, 1.4 MB):
An executive summary created in 2014 describing the scope of the grant and
the various projects the program is working on to build the capacity of
DHS to assess, prepare for, and respond to climate and extreme weather
For more information,
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September 19, 2014