Vermont Climate Change Adaptation Program Evaluation

Dates: 2016

State: Vermont

Client(s): CDC - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Vermont Department of Health

Service: Applied Research & Evaluation

Technical Expertise: Environmental Health, Healthy Communities, Health Disparities, Population Health, Rural Health, State and Local Public Health


As assessed in The Vermont Climate and Health Adaptation Plan, Vermont’s climate has been getting warmer and wetter in recent years with hotter summers, shorter winters, and more frequent storms. These trends are expected to continue or accelerate for the foreseeable future. The data from the Plan is being used to inform the development of adaptation strategies, adaptation goals, and a list of adaptation strategies that can be implemented to help reduce climate impacts on health in Vermont.

The health risks identified by the Vermont Adaptation Plan arise from the following 6 priority concerns:

  • Extreme heat events
  • Extreme weather events
  • Mosquito and tick-borne diseases
  • Air quality impacts (primarily aeroallergens)
  • Foodborne and waterborne pathogens
  • Cyanobacterial blooms
While everyone’s health is affected by climate change, certain populations are more vulnerable than others. Taking action to minimize the impacts of climate change can improve the health of Vermonters today and in the future.

Applying the CDC's Building Resilience Against Climate Effects (BRACE) framework, the VT Climate and Health program has initiated planning to implement and evaluate interventions and adaptation strategies to reduce climate-related health risks. Interventions will focus primarily on the six priority health concerns identified in the Climate and Health Adaptation Plan, and will be targeted towards people and places most vulnerable to experiencing each health impact.

JSI is supporting this evaluation effort by building evaluation capacity for program staff and stakeholders, compiling evaluation plans, and providing technical assistance for selection and development of monitoring and evaluation strategies. Evaluation efforts will be designed to measure the efficacy of interventions and help contribute to the development of a national database of evidence-based interventions.