Multisolving at the Intersection of Health and Climate: Lessons from Success Stories

Created: 4/12/2018 -


With a multisolving approach to addressing health and climate challenges, people are designing the communities that they want to live in while at the same time preventing and preparing for climate change. For many of the projects, the system-wide benefits exceeded the costs. And the projects tended to create benefits, from more children walking to school, to a better patient experience, to increased opportunities for recreation, that were appreciated in the organizations and communities where the projects happened.

The study identified the following success factors that were common themes across the case studies:

  • Leadership shown by individual or organizational champions of projects
  • Cyclical learning and growth in partnerships over time
  • Strong engagement and communication with partners, collaborators, and the communities being served by the project
  • Measuring and communicating the multiple benefits of the project
  • Including a strong financial plan or a low-cost project design
  • Anticipating and confronting resistance to change

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Adaptation Phase
Sharing Lessons
Community / Local
Sector Addressed
Climate Justice
Public Health
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy
Capacity Building
Infrastructure, Planning, and Development
Community Planning (developing climate-smart communities)
Target Climate Changes and Impacts
Public health risks