CalBRACE: California Building Resilience Against Climate Effects

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) selected the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) to be a pilot site for the State’s CalBRACE (Building Resilience Against Climate Effects) Local Health Department (LHD) Partnership program. Launched in 2014, this two-year initiative was funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

A central goal of CalBRACE was to enhance CDPH’s capacity to address climate and health issues and to provide LHDs with resources and technical assistance to build their climate adaptation capacity and enhance resilience at the local and regional levels. As part of the CalBRACE-LHD partnership, HHSA provided unique local knowledge and perspective to assist CDPH in developing a California climate and health risk profile, conducted an assessment of population vulnerability and burden of disease and injury, and created other work products.

CalBRACE activities included:

  • Compiling information on downscaled climate projections over the next decades;
  • Developing local vulnerability assessments and projections of the added burden of disease and injury due to climate change; and
  • Identifying effective strategies for preparedness and resilience.

These efforts have supported the County of San Diego’s comprehensive chronic disease prevention approaches, which are collectively referred to as Healthy Works.

To learn more about the San Diego CalBRACE program, visit the CDPH CalBRACE web site.

For more information on how Healthy Works is building better health in San Diego County, please visit or contact us at (619) 542-4110.

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Webpage last updated 04/15/2020.