International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Although climate change poses a threat to health and well-being globally, a regional approach to addressing climate-related health equity may be more suitable, appropriate, and appealing to under-resourced communities and countries. In support of this argument, this commentary describes an approach by a network of researchers, practitioners, and policymakers dedicated to promoting climate-related health equity in Small Island Developing States and low- and middle-income countries in the Pacific. We identify three primary sets of needs related to developing a regional capacity to address physical and mental health disparities through research, training, and assistance in policy and practice implementation: (1) limited healthcare facilities and qualified medical and mental health providers; (2) addressing the social impacts related to the cooccurrence of natural hazards, disease outbreaks, and complex emergencies; and (3) building the response capacity and resilience to climate-related extreme weather events and natural hazards.
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Palinkas, Lawrence A.; O’Donnell, Meaghan; Kemp, Susan; Tiatia, Jemaima; Duque, Yvonette; Spencer, Michael; Basu, Rupa; Del Rosario, Kristine Idda; Diemer, Kristin; Doma, Bonifacio; Forbes, David; Gibson, Kari; Graff-Zivin, Joshua; Harris, Bruce M.; Hawley, Nicola; Johnston, Jill; Lauraya, Fay; Maniquiz, Nora Elizabeth F.; Marlowe, Jay; McCord, Gordon C.; Nicholls, Imogen; Rao, Smitha; Saunders, Angela Kim; Sortino, Salvatore; Springgate, Benjamin F.; Takeuchi, David; Ugsang, Janette; and Villaverde, Vivien, "Regional Research-practice-policy Partnerships In Response To Climate-related Disparities: Promoting Health Equity In The Pacific" (2022). School of Medicine Faculty Publications. 608.