Sending Office: Honorable Matt Cartwright
115th Cosponsors (39): Barragán, Carbajal, Chu, Cicciline, Cleaver, Cohen, Connolly, DeSaulnier, Dingell, Ellison, Engel, Evans, Green, Grijalva, Hanabusa, Heck, Holmes Norton, Huffman, Khanna, Kilmer, Langevin, Lee,
Lipinkski, Lofgren, Lowenthal, Matsui, McCollum, Nadler, Pingree, Pocan, Polis, Quigley, Raskin, Schakowsky, Schneider, Shea-Porter, Tonko, Tsongas, Wasserman Schultz
115th Endorsing Organizations: American Academy of Pediatrics, American College of Preventative Medicine, American Lung Association, American Public Health Association, American Psychological Association, Association
of Environmental Health Academic Programs, Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health, Association of State and Territorial Health Officials Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, Allergy & Asthma Network, Center for Climate Change and Health,
Children’s Environmental Health Network, Commissioned Officers Association of the U.S. Public Health Service, Inc., Green & Healthy Homes Initiative, Health Care Without Harm, HealthHIV, National Association of County and City Health Officials, National Coalition
for LGBT Health, National Network of Public Health Institutes, Public Health Institute, National Environmental Health Association, Trust for America’s Health, Natural Resources Defense Council, Union of Concerned Scientists, Voces Verdes, Sierra Club
Climate change poses a variety of threats to human health. According to a 2016 report from the US Global Change Research Program, climate change will
cause a wide range of negative impacts on public health, including:
- Increased pre-mature deaths, hospital visits, cardiovascular and respiratory illnesses, and lost school days due to decreasing air quality;
- Increased heat-related deaths due to rising temperatures;
- Disruptions to critical, health-related infrastructure caused by extreme weather events;
- Increased exposure to Lyme disease due to earlier, longer, and geographically expanded tick seasons;
- Increased exposure to contaminated water and water-borne pathogens due to flooding, sea level rise, and increased water temperatures;
- Increased prevalence of food-borne illness, including Salmonella, due to increases in temperature, humidity, and season-length;
- Adverse mental health impacts from disasters and changing local environments;
- Decreased nutritional value of food; and
- Disruption in access to routine and acute medical care.
In spite of these significant and varied threats, most state and local health officials do not believe they currently have the expertise or capacity to address the effects of climate change or to assess the potential impacts specific to their states and
The bicameral Climate Change Health Protection and Promotion Act will help prepare our public health system for the effects of climate change by enabling enhanced disease surveillance, research, communications, education, and training programs.
The Act requires the Secretary of Health and Human Services to create a federal strategic action plan and to implement a national program to ensure the public health system is prepared for and can respond to the impacts of climate change on public health.
We hope you will join us in cosponsoring this important legislation to equip our communities and public health professionals and institutions with the training and resources they need to ensure public health now and into the future.
Please contact Jette Findsen (email@example.com, 5-5546) with Rep. Cartwright, Andrew Heineman (Andrew.Heineman@mail.house.gov, 5-7163) with Rep. Matsui, Johanna Montiel (Johanna.Montiel@mail.house.gov,
5-3601) with Rep. Carbajal, or Tommy Brown (Tommy.Brown@mail.house.gov, 5-4835) with Rep. Schneider if you have questions or would like to cosponsor the bill.
Matt Cartwright Doris Matsui
Member of Congress Member of Congress
Salud Carbajal Bradley S. Schneider
Member of Congress Member of Congress
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