Climate Change and Health


​Maryland ​Climate Change Health Adaptation Program

The Public Health Strategy for Climate Change is part of the State’s comprehensive strategy to reduce our vulnerability to a changing climate. The program achieves these goals by providing tools, resources, and technical assistance for citizens, communities, non-governmental organizations, schools, local governments, planners, and State agencies to help them think about health and use health data as they develop climate change plans

Environme​​ntal Public Health Climate Adaptation Tracker (EPHCAT)

EPHCAT serves as a clearinghouse for State and local climate change projects that include health, and highlights the efforts made to protect Marylanders from the health impacts of climate change. Click the map below to explore the Adaptation Tracker.


​Climate a​​nd Health

The 2016 Climate and Health Profile Report provides evidence about how extreme events (climate effects) have impa​cted health, what vulnerabilities currently exist and where the health imp​​acts are expected to go as climate change continues to impact Maryland. 

Below is a diagram from the U.S. EPA demonstrating the connection between climate impacts and health outcomes. More information is available on the U.S. EPA's website, and you can learn more about the health impacts of climate change here.

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Climat​e Data

The Maryland Department of Health’s Environmental Public Health Tracking Portal (EPHT) provides a gateway to environmental, health and climate data resources. Users can create tables, maps or​​ view a gallery of health topics in Maryland.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) provides time series of climate data for Maryland.

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 The Maryland Commission on Climate Change is charged with developing an action plan and firm ti​metable for mitigation of and adaptation to impacts of climate change in Maryland. Work is achieved through four workgroups coming together to move climate action forward for Maryland.

Maryland i​​mplements the Building Resilience Against Climate Effects (BRACE)​ framework, a CDC created framework to guide and support our climate and health activities. CDC’s Climate Ready States and Cities Initiative is a great resource for climate and health resources, technical assistance and general information​.

The Maryland State Climatologist's Office (MDSCO) resides at the University of Maryland.

MDH's Office of Preparedness and Response​ has resources on extreme weather, including weekly illness surveillance reports.

​The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) describes how their climate change indicators connect to health pathways.


The Maryland Public Health Strategy for Climate Change program has compiled a starter toolkit to provide you with fact sheets, reports, infographics, literature and presentations related to climate and health in Maryland​. Click each of the headings below to explore additional resources.​​