Climate Change and Public Health in Oregon
The Oregon Health Authority, Public Health Division prepared this paper in response to inquiries from the Oregon Governor’s Carbon Policy Office regarding health risks of climate hazards and co-pollutants of greenhouse gas emissions. This paper seeks to answer the five questions below with the best information currently available.
- Which populations in Oregon are most vulnerable to adverse health effects of climate change?
- Which populations in Oregon have historically experienced disproportionate adverse health effects of carbon co-pollutants (e.g., particulates)?
- What are the effective public health interventions for building resilience within communities most impacted by climate change?
- What climate adaptation and mitigation strategies yield the most health co-benefits?
- What Oregon-specific studies inform questions related to climate and health?