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Public Health Policies and Actions 

Public Health Policies and Actions
Public Health Policies and Actions

Howard Frumkin

, Jeremy Hess

, and George Luber

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date: 28 July 2021

This chapter describes how basic principles and practices of public health can be applied to addressing climate change. It views mitigation (reducing greenhouse gas emissions or otherwise slowing climate change) as a form of primary prevention, and adaptation to climate change as a form of secondary prevention. The chapter describes how major public health activities (assessment, policy development, and assurance) can be applied to address climate change. This chapter also contains textboxes on greening of the health sector and on health impact assessment—a process for determining potential health effects of proposed policies and projects. There are also textboxes on vulnerability and adaptation assessment, readiness of public health for climate change, the BRACE framework, and public health indicators for measuring climate action success.

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