With an eye on climate, a helping hand for health care’s front lines
The Climate Resilience for Frontline Clinics Toolkit, which was unveiled in December, was created by experts at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health's Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment (C-CHANGE) for distribution by Americares, which works with community health centers and free clinics across the country. The toolbox includes checklists for clinic personnel, instructions on how to create action plans, and easy counsel for patients suffering from diabetes, renal illness, dementia, and other conditions during excessive heat. According to studies, 81 percent of clinic personnel have encountered a severe weather-related interruption in the previous three years, and 80 percent seek education and training to assist them serve patients when faced with climate catastrophes. The toolbox, which can be found on the Americares website, includes information for high heat, wildfires, hurricanes, and floods.