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AJPH Perspectives Global to Local: Public Health on the Front Lines of Climate Change

What is The Main Point of This Article?

There is significant evidence of the increasing rates of climate change and global warming. However, the strategies, efforts, and research focused on addressing the climate change issue are limited. The public health community has not been fully involved in the management of the climate change issue, yet they have a better understanding of the problem. The engagement of the public health sector in decision-making and implementation of climate change management strategies will ensure a better outcome is attained.

What Evidence and/or Arguments Does the Author use to make his/hers Point?

It is evident from the Climate Science Special Report that human activities cause rapid global warming and climate change. The alleviation efforts and research to manage the issue are declining. Increasing rates of global warming leading to significant changes in the climate are reported.

            It is observed that the public health community is rarely involved in the management of climate change. Initially, public health officers were engaged in the research and management of constant environmental challenges. However, they have been excluded from the management and control of such issues. As much as these public health officers have reported the adverse effects of climate change on their communities, they have not been provided with the necessary expertise and capacity needed to address the issue at a local level.

Who are the stakeholders that need to be included in this discussion to solve the issues discussed?

Public health officers

Members of the community

What actions could be taken as a result of this evidence and/or arguments?

A public health network can focus specifically on managing diseases that are developed as a result of climate change. The network may be responsible for improved tracking of such diseases to map areas for further studies and ensure immediate management of any health problems reported in a region.

            The public health community should form partnerships with other players including the environmentalists to work together and develop policies to manage the adverse effects of climate change on human health.   

What, if any, questions or concerns still remain for you after reading this article?

There is a knowledge gap on the role of the public health community and their relevance in the management of climate change. Educational programs are needed to communicate their benefits so as to enhance their participation and integration in the programs that focus on addressing climate change issues.

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