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APTR Supports Reintroduction of the Climate Change Health Protection and Promotion Act

Tuesday, March 5, 2019  
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APTR joined public health and medical organizations to thank Senator Edward Markey (MA) and Congressman Matt Cartwright (PA) for their ongoing leadership to address the health impacts of climate change through the reintroduction of the Climate Change Health Protection and Promotion Act.  By prioritizing the public health response to climate change, this legislation would bolster the capacity of our public health system and help to avoid many preventable illnesses and deaths.

This legislation will help the public health and medical communities address the challenges of climate change in several ways. First, it would require the Department of Health and Human Services to develop a national strategic action plan for addressing the public health impacts of climate change. Acting through the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and in coordination with other federal agencies, the bill would enhance forecasting and modeling, track environmental and disease data and expand the science base to better understand the relationship between climate change and health outcomes. Importantly, the legislation would prioritize activities to address the health impacts of climate change including preparedness planning, surveillance, education and training in order to ensure that our already overburdened state and local public health workforce can adequately address the health impacts of climate change while continuing to respond to other ongoing threats and challenges. The legislation would also provide for the development of tools to educate public health and health care professionals and the public about the health impacts of climate change.    

Climate Change Health Protection and Promotion Act Letter


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