Primary Protection: Enhancing Health Care Resilience for a Changing Climate   [open pdf - 2MB]

From the Introduction: "The Health Care Climate Resilience Guide and Toolkit, delivered through the U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit website (toolkit.climate.gov), has been created as an initial component of the President's Climate Action Plan. The Plan included this recommendation for actions to promote resilience in the health sector: 'The Department of Health and Human Services will launch an effort to create sustainable and resilient hospitals in the face of climate change. Through a public-private partnership with the health care industry, it will identify best practices and provide guidance on affordable mea¬sures to ensure that our medical system is resilient to climate impacts. It will also collaborate with partner agencies to share best practices among federal health facilities' (Executive Office of the President, 2013). These documents have been developed for sectors and disciplines engaged in health care facility climate resilience to assist in improving response to extreme weather events and facilitate a faster return to normal or adoption of a new normal. Climate resilience, as applied to health care, is anchored by the acute care hospital, a 'high-reliability organization' that is keenly aware of, and sensitive to, broader resilience concerns. Disruptions and losses incurred by the U.S. health care sector after recent extreme weather events strongly suggest that specific guidance on managing the new and evolving hazards presented by climate change is necessary."

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