Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics 48 (4):653-663 (2020)

Over the last century, droughts have caused more deaths internationally than any other weather- or climate-related disaster. Like other natural disasters, droughts cause significant changes in the environment that can lead to negative health outcomes. As droughts are becoming more frequent and intense with climate change, public health systems need to address impacts associated with these events. Partnering with federal and local entities, we evaluated the state of knowledge of drought and health in the United States through a National Drought and Public Health Summit and a series of subsequent regional workshops. The intended outcome was to develop public health strategies for implementing activities to better support and prepare public health systems for future droughts. The information gathered from this work identified multiple policy and law options to address the public health issues associated with drought. These policy recommendations include the use of public health emergency declarations for drought events, increased usage of preparedness evaluations for drought emergencies, and engagement of drought and climate experts in state and local risk assessments. As drought events are projected to increase in frequency and magnitude with climate change, taking policy action now will help decrease the health impacts of drought and save lives.
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1177/1073110520979372
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 71,489
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Climate Change and Public Health Policy.Jason A. Smith, Jason Vargo & Sara Pollock Hoverter - 2017 - Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics 45 (s1):82-85.
Feminism and Public Health Ethics.W. A. Rogers - 2006 - Journal of Medical Ethics 32 (6):351-354.
Rethinking the Meaning of Public Health.Mark A. Rothstein - 2002 - Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics 30 (2):144-149.
Rethinking the Meaning of Public Health.Mark A. Rothstein - 2002 - Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics 30 (2):144-149.
A Tale of Two Fields: Public Health Ethics.Craig Klugman - 2008 - Monash Bioethics Review 27 (1-2):56.


Added to PP index

Total views
2 ( #1,454,056 of 2,520,893 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
1 ( #405,457 of 2,520,893 )

How can I increase my downloads?


Sorry, there are not enough data points to plot this chart.

My notes