What is BRACE?
Building Resilience Against Climate Effects (BRACE) - Illinois is an United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) funded project designed to assist the State of Illinois in developing a climate change adaptation plan. The CDC developed the BRACE framework to assist cities and states in developing climate change adaptation plans. The University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health (UIC) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) are working on this initiative together.
In the past 20 years, Illinois has experienced the 1993 Mississippi River floods, the 1995 Chicago heat wave, the drought of 2012, as well as the arrival of West Nile Virus. Extreme weather events like these and changes in infectious disease patterns are expected to increase as the climate warms.
By preparing for climate change and developing a Climate and Health Adaptationi Plan, we hope to reduce the burden of heat stroke, asthma, waterborne illness, and other adverse health impacts brought about by climate change in Illinois.