Assignment: Global Climate Change and Health

The environment (both home and physical) has a significant influence on health, as you saw in the readings and media presentations for this week. You also read about the ramifications of global climate change on health. For the purpose of this Assignment, consider the implications of global climate change on health now and in the future.

For this Assignment, review the following:

Write a 4-page paper that addresses the following:

         Describe two health care concerns related to global climate change.

o    Topics could include increased exposure to vectors that transmit Zika, West Nile virus, or malaria; respiratory problems; food distribution problems due to drought or lack of water; or heat-related illness.

         Compare concerns in the United States related to these topics with one developed and one developing country.

         Describe health promotion/health protection strategies a nurse could implement.

         Support your ideas with references from the professional nursing literature.


Required Readings/Resources

Holtz, C. (2017). Global health care: Issues and policies (3rd ed.). Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett.

         Chapter 14, “Global Perspectives on Nutrition” (pp. 381-414)

         Chapter 15, “Global Perspectives on Environmental Health” (pp. 419-439)

Stanhope, M., & Lancaster, J. (2016). Public health nursing: Population-centered health care in the community (9th ed.). St. Louis, MO: Elsevier.

·         Chapter 10, “Environmental Health” (pp. 217–241)


Public Health Nursing: Population-Centered Health Care in the Community, 9th Ed. by Stanhope, M., & Lancaster, J. Copyright 2015 by Elsevier Health Science Books. Reprinted by permission of Elsevier Health Science Books via the Copyright Clearance Center.

Veenema, T. G., Griffin, A., Gable, A. R., MacIntyre, L., Simons, N., Couig, M. P., … Larson, E. (2016). Nurses as leaders in disaster preparedness and response—A call to action. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 48(2), 187–200.


Required Media

Laureate Education. (Producer). (2010a). Public and global health: Global emergencies and disasters [Video file]. Baltimore, MD: Author.


TED. (2015a). Why climate change is a threat to human rights. Retrieved from https://www.ted.com/talks/mary_robinson_why_climate_change_is_a_threat_to_human_rights



Former President of Ireland, Mary Robinson, talks about the effects of climate change on human rights in poorer populations where some islands or lowlands are beginning to submerge as sea waters rise.

TED. (2016b). The case for optimism on climate change. Retrieved from https://www.ted.com/talks/al_gore_the_case_for_optimism_on_climate_change



Former Vice President Al Gore speaks practically about global warming and offers some reasons we should feel optimistic about recent developments and changes in outcomes. His message is that people are changing their attitudes about global warming into action to stop the warming trend.

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