Climate Change and Health: Local Solutions to Local Challenges

Paul J. Schramm, Munerah Ahmed, Hannah Siegel, Jamie Donatuto, Larry Campbell, Kristin Raab & Erik Svendsen
Posted on: 3/11/2021 - Updated on: 3/16/2021

Posted by

Kathryn Braddock



Purpose of Review

Climate change has direct impacts on human health, but those impacts vary widely by location. Local health impacts depend on a large number of factors including specific regional climate impacts, demographics and human vulnerabilities, and existing local adaptation capacity. There is a need to incorporate local data and concerns into climate adaptation plans and evaluate different approaches.

Recent Findings

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has provided funding, technical assistance, and an adaptation framework to assist localities with climate planning and activities. The differing processes with which states, cities, and tribes develop and implement adaptation plans have been observed. We outline examples of the implementation of CDC’s framework and activities for local adaptation, with a focus on case studies at differing jurisdictional levels (a state, a city, and a sovereign tribe).


The use of local considerations and data are important to inform climate adaptation. The adaptable implementation of CDC’s framework is helping communities protect health.