Climate change influences health outcomes in Indiana

Wednesday, September 9th, 2020

Professor Jennifer Freeman (Health Sciences) and colleagues conducted a state-level assessment of health risks to understand the ways in which a warmer, wetter climate will affect health outcomes of Indiana residents. They found that all Hoosiers—and especially children, the elderly, people with chronic health conditions and low-income families—are vulnerable to the expected increase in extreme heat events, resulting in nearly a doubling of temperature-related deaths. Additionally, residents face growing risks from vector-borne diseases, increased flooding, harmful algal blooms, and food contamination.

Filippelli, G., Freeman, J., Gibson, J., Jay, S., Moreno-Madriñán, M.J., Ogashawara, I., Rosenthal, F., and, Wang, Y., and E. Wells. (2020). Climate change impacts on human health at an actionable scale: A state-level assessment of Indiana, USA. Climatic Change.

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