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How #ClimateChangesHealth in Kansas

10 months ago | Sep 11, 2017
By: Rachel Myslivy, Program Director


Addressing the impacts of climate change on public health is an important piece of building resilient communities.  


The American Public Health Association (APHA) declared 2017 theYear of Climate and Health.  As an APHA Gold Change Champion, CEP is asking  the question, "how can we best engage Kansans in the climate and health dialog, while maintaining our solutions-based approach?”  


Help us find the answers. Host a Forum on Climate + Health in your community!

In August, CEP partnered with the League of Women Voters of Johnson County for a community dialog on climate change and health.  More than 30 people learned about the issues and explored ways to start the conversation with others.  Balancing information and conversation, CEP presented an overview on climate change in Kansas, health impacts, and the impacts on vulnerable populations.   True to our optimistic spirit, CEP ended the presentation with a list of our top ten reasons for hope.  


Trusted public health organizations from the Centers for Disease Control to the American Lung Association have issued statements on the impacts of climate on health and the urgency addressing the problems. Health is a great way to start a discussion about climate change.  



 In addition to sharing resources, CEP encouraged participants to explore multiple interpretations on climate resilience and health.  The event concluded with a brief workshop on effective climate communications for diverse audiences.  Here’s what some of the participants had to say:  

  • The information, and the way it was presented, was very engaging

  • I've been talking about this for 15 years and now I have a better way to talk about it.

  • it was so informative, I learned things I had no idea were going on, and I was amazed at how many people can come together on this topic from different areas of interest.

How do you talk about climate and health?  Join the conversation!  As part of our Kansas WEALTH work, CEP will offer similar workshops across the state.  If you would like to host a climate and health dialogue - or if you want to see one in your community - please sign up here or go to


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