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July 2018 - June 2019 (FY2018-19) Goals, Objectives, and Activities

Mission: The Climate Change and Health Equity Program (CCHEP) embeds health and equity in California climate change policy and planning, and embeds climate change and equity in public health policy and planning. CCHEP works with local, state, and national partners to assure that climate change mitigation and adaptation activities have beneficial effects on health while not deepening or creating health inequities. CCHEP implements California's climate change laws and executive orders, contributing health equity considerations, and works to increase resilience to climate impacts by improving living conditions with and for people facing inequities.

Goal I: Integrate health and equity into California state climate change mitigation and adaptation programs and policies so that implementation improves living conditions and benefits Californians' health and well-being.

1.  Provide health and equity subject matter expertise and consultation to state agencies and departments whose work on climate change impacts the social determinants of health; specifically informing policies, implementation of legislation, plans, and practices, including, but not limited to: 

​A.  Implementation of the Scoping Plan and related legislation (CARB, CalSTA, CTC, Caltrans, AB 32, SB 32, AB 617, AB 398, SB 375, SB 150, SB 1) ​Ongoing
​B. California Sustainable Communities and Climate Protection Act: 2018 Progress Report (ARB, SB 150)
C.  ​State Hazard Mitigation Plan (CalOES, 44 Code of Federal Regulations §201.4 and §201.5)Complete​
D.  California Adaptation Planning Guide (CalOES, SB 246)Not Started
E.  Low Income Access to Clean Energy and Transportation Task Force and implementation plans (CARB, CEC, SB 350) ​Complete
​F.  Safeguarding California 2018 Update/Progress Report (CNRA) Complete​
​G.  Integrated Climate Adaptation and Resilience Program (OPR, SB 246) Ongoing​
​H.  State Transportation Corridor Planning – Corridor Planning Guidebook (Caltrans) and Comprehensive Multi-Modal Corridor Plan Guidelines (CTC, SB 1) ​Complete
​I.  Develop and release issue briefs and policy briefings on climate and health issues, as needs and issues arise (e.g., housing/homelessness, climate change, and health equity) Complete​
​J.  State efforts related to connected and automated vehicles (CAVs)  
  • Release a CDPH Connected and Automated Vehicles and health equity paper/tool ​
In Internal Review​
  • ​Participate on Multi-Agency Automated Vehicles Working Group convened by CARB
​ ​2.  Provide health equity leadership, planning, and organizing for the Governor's Climate Action Summit (GCAS) in September 2018, to highlight climate actions that improve health equity ​Complete


Goal 2: Guide California State investment and resource distribution to prioritize health equity.

1.  Integrate health equity language and best practices into grants and guidance documents that impact the social determinants of health

​A.  Provide review and input of climate change grant guidelines that impact social determinants of health, where of high value and resources allow
B.  Create a library of best practices for integrating climate change, health, and equity criteria and metrics in state grants, plans, and guidelines Insufficient Resources

​2.  Identify communities that face health, equity, and climate disadvantages to prioritize resource investments across agencies and departments, including CDPH (using tools described in Goal III:6 below)



Goal 3: Provide data, research, and tools to reduce and prepare for the health effects of climate change and maximize the health benefits of climate action, particularly for communities facing health inequities. 

1.  Assist CDPH programs outside of OHE with climate change-relevant research
​A.  West Nile Virus modeling project with CDPH Vector Borne Disease Section Complete
B.  ​Wildfire Smoke exposure paper with CDPH Environmental Health Investigations Branch Complete​
​ ​2.  Synthesize and report the health effects of climate change
​A.  Develop a report on the documented health impacts of climate change to Californians ​Not Started
​B.  Contribute to the Public Health chapter of California's Fourth Assessment of Climate Change Impacts (research addressing the impacts of climate change on the state, as well as strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and provide other benefits)Complete​
3.  Project the future health burden of climate change and health impacts of climate strategies​In Progress
​4.  Gain expertise on available climate- and health equity-related data tools ​Ongoing
5.  Provide scientific expertise to development of other tools, data products, and research activities ​Ongoing
​6.  Quantify California communities' vulnerability to the health impacts of climate change to assist in planning to prevent the health impacts of climate change, including:
  • ​Synthesize CCHVI data into a statewide vulnerability assessment
​In Progress
  • ​Promote use of tools as appropriate for understanding climate and health vulnerability and to help prioritize resource investments to improve health equity, including:
In Progress​


Goal 4: Integrate climate change and health equity into State and local public health policy, planning, and practice.  

1.  Increase the capacity of CDPH Centers and Divisions to work on climate change and health
​A.  Create on-demand training module on climate change and health equity for CDPH staff ​In Progress
B.  ​Work with CDPH Centers and Divisions on aligning, coordinating, and participating in state and local climate change opportunities as they arise:

​Not Started

  • ​Create fact sheets for CDPH programs on ways their work will be impacted by climate change and how climate change policy can advance their work
​In Progress
​ ​2.  Increase the capacity of local health departments and local health partners to work on climate change and health equity
​A.  Implement California Building Resilience Against Climate Effects (CalBRACE) Project to help local health departments prepare for and prevent health impacts of climate change: ​Ongoing
  • ​Develop and disseminate a toolkit for climate adaptation and resiliency
  • Convene a monthly Community of Practice with local health departments that are implementing climate change initiatives or projects ​
  • ​Engage, train, and build capacity of local health departments
​B.  Collaborate with the California Conference of Local Health Officers, and other local health department, regional, and state networks, as requested ​Ongoing
​C.  Create and disseminate Local Health Department Guidance on engaging with climate change and health ​In Internal Review
​D.  Finalize and release guidance for public health and health professionals to link health vulnerable populations to weatherization and energy efficiency services to improve health ​Complete
​E.  Finalize and release Climate Change and Health Vulnerability Assessments for 11 Local Health Departments ​In Internal Review
​F.  Provide a template for integrating health equity considerations into local required plans such as general plans and Local Hazard Mitigation Plans ​In Progress
​G.  Identify and share best practices and processes by which local health departments can use climate change-related activities to fulfill their accreditation requirements, through collaboration with NACCHO ​In Progress
3.  Build the field of public health practice by lecturing at academic institutions and professional development events, and by hosting interns.
​A.  Hosted 3 interns​Complete
​B.  Delivered 26 lectures​Complete
​4.  Seek non-State funding to sustain and expand CDPH climate change and health equity work​Not Started


Goal 5: Engage, convene, collaborate, and communicate with stakeholders to provide input to climate change and public health policies and plans in order to improve health equity outcomes. 

1.  Represent CDPH at State meetings
​A.  Climate Action Team (CAT) and sub-workgroups ​Ongoing
B.  ​Other inter-agency workgroups ​Ongoing
​C.  Academic and other advisory committees​Ongoing
​​2.  Host at least three meetings of the Public Health Workgroup of the Climate Action Team​Complete
3.  Continue to build relationships with external stakeholders and advocates to solicit input on priority work
​A.  Convene external stakeholder group at least twice ​Not Started
​B.  Invite stakeholder input on state plans and public comment through communications platforms and list-serves ​Complete
​C.  Respond to public comments on public health and climate change​Ongoing
​4.  Issue regular CCHEP Newsletter Ongoing
​5.  Develop and maintain CCHEP webpages Ongoing​
​6.  Develop and implement CCHEP Outreach and Communications strategy, including social media strategy Not Started​


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