Climate Change and Health Vulnerability Assessment Framework
Vulnerability assessments are a key tool to begin to prepare and plan for resilience to climate change and health impacts. A climate change and health vulnerability assessment helps to identify where a person’s or neighborhood’s susceptibilities to injury or disease exist due to their distance and sensitivity to climate-related environmental exposures or hazards. Adaptive capacity can offset the potential for injury and disease from exposure and sensitivity to hazards associated with climate change. Understanding more about neighborhoods and populations with multiple or complex social vulnerabilities can improve prioritization of efforts, inclusive planning, communication, and evaluation of adaptation and interventions developed to protect communities from the effects of climate change. The suite of domains and indicators focus on assessing current and future climate change exposures (such as wildfires, extreme heat, air pollution, sea level rise, and drought), the people and places most susceptible to health risks from climate exposures, and the capacity to adapt to a changing climate. Also see: the Climate Change and Health Profile reports, the CCHE CalBRACE Project page, and the CCHE Resources & Tools page for more information on adaptation planning for climate change and public health.
Climate Change & Health Vulnerability Data and Indicators
The CDPH Climate Change and Health Equity Branch produced climate change and health vulnerability indicators for download using the links below. Each indicator includes the data in an Excel file as well as a narrative in PDF format. Each narrative describes the indicator’s significance to climate change and health, the evidence that links the indicator to health outcomes, data sources, bibliographic references, methodology, and limitations that impact the interpretation of the indicator. Examples of maps, charts, and tables are also included. We invite you to download the data and narrative files and use them to create maps, charts, and tables of your own counties and communities.
The most up to date climate change data for California can be viewed and downloaded from www.cal-adapt.com.
The indicators are organized in three
domains: Environmental Exposures, Population Sensitivity and Adaptive Capacity.
Environmental Exposures Domain
Environmental exposure refers to the magnitude, frequency, and duration of an environmental exposure or disease risk.
Population Sensitivity Domain
Sensitivity refers to the physiological and socio-economic factors which directly or indirectly affect the degree to which a population is impacted by climate-related changes.
Adaptive Capacity Domain
Adaptive capacity refers to the broad range of responses and adjustments to the impacts of climate change, including the capacity to moderate potential damages, take advantage of opportunities, and cope with the consequences.
Indicators: Excel files
with data for California, its counties, cities, towns, and census tracts
(depending on availability) and narratives in PDF files for each
The CDPH Climate Change and Health Equity Branch developed the Climate Change and Health Vulnerability Indicators utilizing the same methods used by the
Healthy Communities Data and Indicators Project (HCI). For technical assistance and questions regarding the Climate Change and Health Vulnerability Indicators, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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