Sending Office: Honorable Matt Cartwright
Prepare for the Public Health Challenges of Climate Change
Cosponsor H.R. 1243, the Bicameral Climate Change Health Protection and Promotion Act of 2019
116th Cosponsors (47): Blumenauer, Bonamici, Case, Casten, Carbajal, Chu, Cisneros, Cohen, Costa, Cox, DeSaulnier, Dingell, Engel, Espaillat, García, Green, Grijalva, Heck, Hill,
Huffman, Jayapal, Johnson, Khanna, Kilmer, Larsen, Lieu, Lipinski, Lowenthal, Malinowski, Matsui, McCollum, Meng, Moore, Norton, Ocasio-Cortez, Omar, Pingree, Pocan, Quickley, Raskin, Rouda, Ryan, Serrano, Schakowsky, Schneider, Schrier, Tonko, Van Drew, Velázquez,
Wasserman Schultz, Welch, Wild
115th Cosponsors (39): Barragán, Carbajal, Chu, Ciciline, 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
Endorsing Organizations: Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments, American Academy of Pediatrics, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American College of Preventative Medicine, American Lung Association,
American Psychological Association, American Public Health Association, American Thoracic Society, Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health, Association of State and Territorial Health Officials Center for Climate Change and Health, Center for
Health and the Global Environment at University of Washington, George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication, Health Care Without Harm, Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health, Metropolitan Area Planning Council, Mom’s Clean Air
Force, National Association of County and City Health Officials, National Recreation and Park Association, National Environmental Health Association, Natural Resources Defense Council, Sierra Club, Trust for America’s Health, Union of Concerned Scientists
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 H.R. 1243 Climate Change Health Protection and Promotion Act of 2019 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 Ben Donovan (firstname.lastname@example.org, 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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