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Shaping and implementing meaningful policies to address health implications of climate change

Shaping and implementing meaningful policies to address health implications of climate change

Date: November 25 – 11:00 am – 12:30 EST

Location: Streamed lived at the CCGH 2021 and Virtual 

This policy dialogue convened experts and leading voices in the study of health and climate change to explore the requirements for effective policymaking that can achieve multiple and reinforcing adaptation goals; the health and well being of people and the condition of the socio-ecological environment on which it depends. 

What should inform stages of the policy process from problem conceptualization to design, implementation, and evaluation?

  • State of climate change and health research (local-global participatory approaches)
  • National, subnational, and international information needs and guidance (data and gaps – climate change and health impact assessments, health adaptation monitoring and evaluation)
  • Multisectoral collaboration and coordination (systems-thinking)
    • Ecological knowledge systems
    • Climate resilient health systems
    • Health in All Policies
  • Operationalization at national and sub-national levels


Dr. David Zakus
Adjunct Professor in the Division of Clinical Public Health, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto & Co-Chair of the Climate Change Working Group, Canadian Association for Global Health, Global health and ecological issues

Dr. Sherilee Harper
Canada Research Chair in Climate Change and Health & Associate Professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Alberta.

Moderator: Andre Picard
The Globe and Mail & Award-winning national writer and author

Dr. Horacio Arruda
National Director of Public Health and Assistant Deputy Minister at the Ministry of Health and Social Services for the province of Quebec, Canada & Chair of the Global Network for Health in All Policies

Melanie Goodchild
Senior Indigenous Research Fellow and Associate, Waterloo Institute for Social Innovations and Resilience & Founder, Turtle Island Institute