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Climate and Health Outlook – October 2023

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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Climate Change and Health Equity
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Produced by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Climate Change and Health Equity (OCCHE), the Climate and Health Outlook is an effort to inform health professionals and the public on how our health may be affected in the coming month(s) by climate events and to provide resources for proactive action. The October 2023 explores the climate-related health hazards of heat, wildfire, drought, and hurricanes and provides information on how to reduce health risks associated with each. It also features findings from new research on heat-related illness increasing among Veterans and peat bog wildfire smoke’s association with cardiopulmonary emergency department visits. 

Visit the associated web page for additional resources and information or the associated portal to interact with maps of county-level data on climate hazards and individual-level risk factors.

Several partners provided invaluable information, expertise, and data for this outlook series, including the Administration for Children and Families; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health; Department of Agriculture; Environmental Protection Agency; the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs; National Highway Traffic Safety Administration; National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Climate Prediction Center, National Centers for Environmental Information, National Hurricane Center and Central Pacific Hurricane Center, National Integrated Drought Information System, National Integrated Heat Health Information System, and National Water Center; National Interagency Fire Center; Bureau of Land Management; Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration; United States Geological Survey; the California Air Resources Board; the Oregon Health Authority; the San Mateo County Health Department; the USA National Phenology Network; Atlanta Allergy & Asthma; American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology; the Region 2 Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit; and the California Department of Public Health.

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October 2023 Climate and Health Outlook.