Climate Planning that Promotes Public Health: Understanding Health Risks and how Good Climate Planning can Protect and Promote Public Health

Fri, 07/17/2020
July 17 from 4 - 5 pm PDT
Climate Change Adaptation Community of Practice
Event Description: 
Climate change is recognized as a major health care crisis in Canada with both urgent and long term risks to public health. In Ontario, the updated Ontario Public Health Standards acknowledge the importance of addressing climate change, and through the Healthy Environments and Climate Change Guideline, have mandated health units across the province to take appropriate, evidence-informed action to understand and minimize the negative health impacts of climate change. In response, health units are now actively planning for climate change. In this webinar we'll hear from two projects, based in different health units, covering different regions in Ontario. 
The seven northern health units formed a collaborative network to complete regional climate change and health vulnerability and adaptation assessments, with the goal of developing a localized understanding of how a changing climate will impact health in northern Ontario. This project - led by Robert Sanderson - aims to build and sustain the capacity of the northern health units to protect health by identifying and adapting to the risks posed by climate change, while enhancing community partnerships for meaningful, collective action.
Kristen Boulard is the Urban Planner at the Brant County Health Unit located in Brantford, Ontario. Kristen's role at BCHU is to plan for and promote the development of healthy communities for residents of all ages through the development of Official Plan policies relating to climate change and health and leading a Climate Change and Health Vulnerability Assessment for the Health Unit.
This webinar will provide an opportunity to hear about intersections between health and climate, and speakers will explore the links between municipal climate change planning and health outcomes. 
Friday, July 17, 2020 - 16:00 to 17:00