In July 2009 the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) awarded a $49,990 dollar grant to Orange County Health Department (OCHD) to increase their staff capacity to address the public health consequences of climate change. OCHD joined only five other health departments nationwide for this initiative managed by NACCHO with funding from the National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Below are the results of Orange County Health Department's Climate Change Initiative:
Geographic Information System (GIS) maps for a vulnerability assessment were prepared detailing those locations and populations in our county that may be affected by climate change. Data examined included FEMA flood zones, county population, poverty levels by zipcode, mosquitos trapped by location, WIC vendors and accessibility to fresh food. Overlays of these maps showcased several areas that may be more susceptible to public health impacts in a changing climate.
Heat Index and Recommended Changes in Activity Levels Related to Outdoor Activities
Health Effects of Global Climate Change Training: