The overarching purpose of the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH)/Health Research Inc. (HRI) "NYS BRACE: Implementing adaptations to reduce the health risks of climate change" project is to continue to develop and enhance a climate and health adaptation program across a five-year implementation period. Through this funding, NYSDOH will continue work to identify, implement, and evaluate adaptation actions that address extreme heat and extreme weather.
The NYSDOH proposal builds upon findings from previous BRACE funding cycles and seeks to identify opportunities for new partnerships and activities. Key activities will include continued participation and contributions in the implementation of NYS's Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act; initiating work to develop a Climate Impact Compendium which updates existing resources that provide information about climate impacts, data and indicators, and adaptive capacity; extending work to encourage local health departments to consider their climate adaptation priorities; and development and maintenance of climate health risk prevention messaging.
We will leverage existing programmatic initiatives and other funded work to implement these adaptation actions. The BRACE program maintains a number of key partnerships with internal and external partners. Proposed work will build on current partnerships with local health departments, climatologists, and numerous governmental and non-governmental partners at the local, state, and national levels. This includes continued work with the NYS Department of Conservation Climate Smart Communities program, the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, and the New York State Association of County Health Officials.