Climate change and public health issues in Chicago

Rachel M. Gregg
Posted on: 6/13/2019 - Updated on: 3/02/2020

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Project Summary

The Chicago Department of Public Health has engaged in complementary efforts. For example, the Healthy Chicago 2.0 plan includes 200 strategies to improve health, focusing on traditional health impacts as well as social determinants of health. Some of the major objectives of the plan include: (1) coordinating with partner organizations for data collection, education, and planning; (2) launching public education campaigns on climate-informed health efforts; and (3) incorporating health, climate, and vulnerable populations into emergency planning. Successes include predicting emergent health issues among the most vulnerable populations; partnering with the Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications to develop an All-Hazards Emergency Operations Plan; collaborating with city hospitals to conduct syndromic surveillance to inform planning and response measures; collaborating to develop an urban sensing data network on airborne pollutants and climate factors; and being the first major city to be awarded a 2017 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year for advancing energy efficiency strategies through local programs and policies.


Gregg RM. 2019. Climate change and public health issues in Chicago [Summary of a project of the Chicago Department of Public Health]. Retrieved from CAKE: (Last updated June 2019)