Participation and engagement of public health stakeholders in climate and health adaptation

Erika Austhof, Vjollca Berisha, Ben McMahan, Gigi Owen, Ladd Keith, Matthew Roach, Heidi E. Brown

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Stakeholder participation at the intersection of climate and health is essential to assess and plan for the human health impacts of current and projected climate-sensitive hazards. Using the Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) Coalition on Climate Change and Public Health workgroup and the Climate Assessment for the Southwest (CLIMAS) program as examples, this paper describes the important role of scientist-public health stakeholder collaboratives in addressing the public health impacts of climate-sensitive hazards. Using the MCDPH and CLIMAS stakeholder groups, stakeholder connections were mapped to show relationships between the organization types and connections between scientists and public health stakeholders. Stakeholders, defined as meeting attendees, were primarily individuals from academic institutions (n = 175), government agencies (n = 114), non-profits (n = 90), and health departments (n = 85). Engaging public health stakeholders in transdisciplinary regional climate initiatives and addressing gaps in their networks helped these programs to develop more collaborative projects over time.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number265
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1 2020


  • Climate change
  • Public health practice
  • Stakeholder engagement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)


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