Maryland Climate and Health Profile Report
In 2011, Maryland released its Comprehensive Strategy for Reducing Maryland’s Vulnerability to Climate Change Phase II: Building societal, economic, and ecological resilience. The first recommendation of that report was for the State to: Conduct vulnerability assessments to gain a better understanding of risks and inform preventative responses.
In response, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) and the University of Maryland School of Public Health have developed the Maryland Climate and Health Profile. This profile is based on and developed in conjunction with the DHMH Maryland Public Health Strategy for Climate Change project, funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as part of its Climate-Ready States and Cities Initiative. This Climate and Health Profile Report summarizes results of a collaborative effort by DHMH, local health departments, and academic institutions utilizing the CDC’s Building Resilience Against Climate Effects (BRACE) framework to use climate models and health data to predict how anticipated climate effects might affect public health in Maryland, as a first step towards development of interventions and strategies to detect and prevent those health impacts.