Climate Change and Flooding Risk: How Local Health Departments and Communities Can Prepare

Course Objective

  • Explain how climate change is contributing to an increase in extreme weather events including floods and how climate change is worsening inequities  
  • Describe roles that local health agencies can play to prepare for and address the immediate health impacts of extreme weather events including floods   
  • Identify tools that can be used by a local health department to assess a county’s flood vulnerability and the risks to residents that are particularly vulnerable during a flood  
  • Recognize technical vs. adaptive challenges related to preparing for and responding to extreme weather events including floods

Date: June 30, 2024

Sylvia Pirani, MPH, MS 
Public Health Practice Consultant  

Helen de Pinho, MBBCh, FCCH (Public Health), MBA 
Assistant Professor at Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health, and Associate Director of the Averting Maternal Death and Disability Program (AMDD) at Columbia University 

This course focuses on how local health departments and their community partners can prepare for and address extreme precipitation events and the floods they cause. It will describe the specific steps that a fictitious local health department (based on a real county in upstate New York) took to learn about, quantify and assess the potential for flooding and then the steps they took to prepare and respond. It will describe the technical and adaptive challenges they faced. 

Region 2 Public Health Training Center