The Climate Change and Public Health Team and the CAT-PHWG have sponsored a series of trainings and webinars on communicating climate change as a public health issue. The Team provides guidance to local health departments on ways to integrate the health impacts of climate change into their public health programs. This includes developing a communications strategy and messages to increase awareness of climate change as a critical public health issue.
To help inform these efforts, the Team conducted six focus groups (three in English and three in Spanish) in California (Fresno, Los Angeles, San Jose/Oakland) with community health leaders between May and June 2013. The focus groups explored the existing knowledge and attitudes of climate change as a public health issue among those residents who are currently involved in broader (non-climate change) community health endeavors. These endeavors ranged from chronic disease, school and child health, asthma, physical activity, food and nutrition, healthy built environment, emergency preparedness/response, environmental justice and other focal areas. This project was reviewed and approved by both the state Committee for the Protection of Human Subjects and UC Davis Institutional Review Board.
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