Climate and Health

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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 public's 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 Wisconsin's citizens.

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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.

These resources explain the link between climate and health and the work of the Climate and Health Program:


BRACE Information

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 outcomes.

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.

Last Revised: January 19, 2017