Four Twenty Seven to support White House Initiative on public health and climate change
Four Twenty Seven will leverage its proprietary model and risk assessment methodology to screen health care facilities across the country.
On April 7, 2015 the Obama Administration announced a series of actions and partnerships to help analyze and translate the linkages between climate change and public health impacts for policy makers and citizens alike. The actions build on the Climate Data Initiative, launched in 2014 and includes the release of 150 health related data-sets on “Health Resilience”.
Four Twenty Seven is thrilled to take part in this exciting effort, and, in support of the Climate Data Initiative, has committed to provide a climate risk assessment for 100 of the country’s health care facilities with large patient populations.
Building on the vulnerability assessment framework developed as part of the Obama Administration’s Climate Resilience Toolkit, Four Twenty Seven will screen critical health facilities and deliver an interactive, publicly accessible online dashboard that enables users to identify risk hotspots, key drivers of risk, and the types of impacts faced by specific hospitals.
This analysis and dashboard will support decision-making by enabling policy makers to visualize at-risk assets, prioritize resources, and communicate the urgency of boosting climate resilience in health care facilities.
Other private sector initiatives include efforts from Microsoft, Google, Esri (ArcGIS), EMC Technology and Harvard University, with the shared objective to leverage the new datasets into effective predicting technology and forecasting models.
New Research on Climate Change & Health Care
Several important reports were also released this week, including:
- A draft assessment of the impacts of climate change on public health from the US Global Research Change Program (open for comments until June 8)
- A new report from the Public Health Institute (PHI) titled Climate Change, Health and Equity: Opportunities for Action, which provides a conceptual framework outlining how these issues are linked and provides recommended policy actions to advance solutions.
- Adaptation in Action, a report from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that outlines specific successes in a number of cities and regions that have taken action to reduce negative health outcomes from climate change. In addition, the CDC plans to release a Health Care Facilities Toolkit to promote best practices in resilient health care infrastructure.
Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health. Source: CDC
- At the local level, the City of San Francisco’s Department of Public Health just released its first Climate and Health Profile which highlights the direct health effects of local climate impacts such as reduced air quality and rising temperatures and identifies areas of city that will be disproportionately impacted.
Four Twenty Seven is honored for the opportunity to leverage its models and climate risk assessment methodology to contribute to a greater understanding of vulnerability and resilience in the health care sector and to help bolster socio-economic resilience in the United States.
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