Environmental Health and Climate Change Initiatives
To support Community Health Centers in addressing environmental health and climate change issues, NACHC facilitates discussion, learning, and resource sharing. This page shares updates on our work.
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Why Environmental Health and Climate Change Are Important Issues for Community Health Centers
Environmental health and climate change are important social drivers of health. Our environment encompasses where we live, work, learn, and play. It is the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the food that we eat. Environmental issues like pollution, wildfires, extreme heat, flooding, and storms can cause adverse health outcomes that impact some communities more than others, an important issue of health equity. Community health centers are uniquely poised and have various opportunities to address environmental and climate health in their local areas.
In fact, the federal legislation that creates and authorizes the Health Center Program specifically addresses environmental health. Section 330 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. § 254b) subsection (b)(2) authorizes health centers to provide additional services necessary for the adequate support of primary health services including environmental health services, including the detection and alleviation of unhealthful conditions associate with (I)water supply; (II) chemical and pesticide exposures; (III) air quality, and (IV) exposure to lead.
No matter where you are in terms of thinking about how to address environment and climate change issues, NACHC has resources to help you along the way. Please read more about our resources in the following sections.
Environmental and Climate Resilience at Health Centers
Environmental health and climate resilience is all about helping communities both successfully cope with and manage the impacts of growing environmental and climate challenges, while using prevention and mitigation measures to keep these types of problems from getting worse. NACHC is supporting health centers build this resilience through two key initiatives: Solar Microgrids and Patient-Centered Climate Resilience Training and Toolkits.
NACHC, Capital Link, and Collective Energy are three mission-oriented organizations working to provide resilient and renewable energy options for health centers. Our Community Health Access to Resilient Green Energy (CHARGE) partnership offers turnkey and concierge services to help health centers finance and install solar grids with back-up battery capability. Please learn more about the CHARGE partnership by visiting our website or contact Julia Dempsey, Environmental Health Program Associate, at email@example.com.
Patient-Centered Climate Resilience Training and Toolkits
As part of the National Training and Technical Assistance Cooperative Agreement with the Health Resources and Services Administration, NACHC will launch an Extreme Heat Learning Collaborative with Harvard’s Center for Climate, Health and the Global Environment, Migrant Clinicians Network, and Americares. Stay tuned for e-learning options that will become available and check out the Climate Resilience for Frontline Clinics Toolkit available now!
Learn About the Impacts of Climate Change and Ideas for Action
Become a Climate for Health Ambassador
Customized NACHC Climate Ambassador Training: Receive continuing education (CE) credits and get trained on climate and health at the same time. With this four-hour training, which you can do online and on your own time, you will strengthen your knowledge about climate change, working for climate solutions, and how to speak and advocate on the issue with confidence and success. The training is FREE and comes with resources and other support.
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Resources on the Environment, Climate and Health
Use the following resources from ecoAmerica to deepen your understanding.