Climate change is resulting in more extreme temperatures, weather, and natural disasters such as hurricanes, wildfires, droughts and flooding. These events in addition to climate change have an impact on children and pregnant people’s health. The WSPEHSU strives to bring awareness to this public health issue and has developed material on the health effects of climate change.

To learn more about wildfires and how they are an increasing problem due to climate change, visit the WSPEHSU webpage on wildfires.

Resources created by WSPEHSU on Climate Change and Health

Climate Change and Pregnancy

This factsheet on climate change and pregnancy includes an overview of the health effects of climate change on pregnant people, including health risks and advice.

Climate Change and Pregnancy: Risks, Mitigation, Adaptation, and Resilience

This scientific paper on climate change and pregnancy was written based on the above factsheet. The paper provides a more in-depth analysis on risks, mitigation, adaptation and resilience as they relate to climate change.

2023 Symposium on Heat: Impacts on Children and Pregnancy

WSPEHSU and Cal EPA cohosted a symposium series on heat and its health effects on children and pregnancy. The four sessions included the following topics:

  1. Pediatric physiology and the epidemiology of heat health effects in children
  2. Pregnancy physiology and the epidemiology of heat health effects in pregnant people
  3. Strategies to combat health effects of heat in children and during pregnancy
  4. Heat health warning systems and important considerations for children and pregnant people

The recordings are available on the symposium webpage.

Video on Keeping Kids Healthy by Preparing for Natural Disasters

Video on Climate Change, Heat Stress and Health

More Resources on Climate Change

Viviendo Verde
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Climate Change, Health, and Equity: A Guide for Local Health Departments

This guide is authored by the Public Health Institute with support from APHA, the Kresge Foundation, and the California Department of Public Health. It includes overviews of climate science, health impacts of climate change and how health equity fits into the equation. It discusses what local health departments can do to include climate change and health equity into assessment and surveillance, intersectoral collaboration, community engagement and education, climate and health communications, preparedness and more. This companion U.S. brief,  released by APHA and The Lancet, hones in on the health impacts of climate change in America.