CalBRACE: Preparing for Climate Change in California - A Public Health Approach
The goals of the CalBRACE project are to enhance the California Department of Public Health's (CDPH) capability to plan for and reduce health risks associated with climate change. The program provides resources and technical assistance for the state and local public health departments to build climate adaptation capacity and enhance resilience at the local and regional levels. CalBRACE is funded by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and joins 15 other states and two cities across the United States that are also conducting climate adaptation planning efforts from a public health perspective through the CDC Climate Ready States and Cities Initiative.
Why is CalBRACE needed?
Efforts are underway to identify and understand how climate change is affecting our health and to enhance preparedness and resilience to the specific threats and changes posed by climate change at the state and local level. Climate change threatens our health now and will continue to impact our way of life. We can already see some of these changes today in California, including increased temperatures, drought, extreme storms, wildfires, rising sea levels, ocean acidification, and decreased air quality.
The CalBRACE project focuses on preparing for three of the major climate impacts facing our state: increasing temperature/extreme heat, wildfire, and sea level rise (including flooding). In order to improve our understanding of the health implications of climate change, it is important to look at both short and long-range climate projections. Once we have this knowledge we can begin to incorporate climate change into a variety of public health planning and response activities.