Hot Topic:  A Climate and Health Action Plan

The Nashua Regional Planning Commission (NRPC) partnered with the City of Nashua Division of Public Health and Community Services and the Greater Nashua Region Public Health Network (GNRPHN) to prepare a Climate and Health Adaptation Plan (CHAP). Funding was provided by the Centers for Disease Control administered by the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services. This project was designed to examine the impact a changing climate has on health in the Nashua Region. Heat-related illness was identified as the primary health impact affecting the region, which led to the development of an educational intervention program in order to increase the Region’s resilience. Through this process, the GNRPHN is now well positioned to address heat-related illnesses and continue outreach to vulnerable populations. This document will also become a chapter of the 2017 Nashua Community Health Assessment to help guide policy and decision-making for the future.