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Gaceta Sanitaria

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MERCURIALI, Lilas  and  GRUPO DE TRABAJO SOBRE CAMBIO CLIMATICO Y SALUD PUBLICA DE LA AGENCIA DE SALUT PUBLICA DE BARCELONA et al. A public health surveillance system applied to climate change for cities. Gac Sanit [online]. 2022, vol.36, n.3, pp.283-286.  Epub Sep 30, 2022. ISSN 0213-9111.

This paper makes a first proposal for a public health surveillance system for climate change in cities, and describes the process that led to its definition. After several years of monitoring different aspects related to climate change and its impact, the public health services of Barcelona made a preliminary proposal and gathered a working group of experts to discuss and review it. Four categories of components were defined: climate data, health impacts of climate change and its determinants, contributions of the city to mitigation (especially those with health co-benefits), and actions to reduce vulnerability to extreme events. They were broken in twelve components, with indicators for each. The proposal was further refined with subsequent reviews, and is being used by the city public health services involved in this field.

Keywords : Public health; Climate change; Public health surveillance; Indicators; Urban health.

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