The Frightening Affect of Climate Change on Pella Regional Health Center
- Aleena Jones
What is going on in the world right now?
It’s been a very strange and tumultuous summer. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be mindful of what the long-term consequences of climate change might be for the people who live in our community. In the end, it is the people who work at Pella Regional Health Center who are our main concern. The health of the population is what we are concerned about.
Last summer in Pella we had a few very unfortunate events. A man was hospitalized after taking an overdose of alcohol and then crashing into a tree. The other day our fire department had a car accident in which an elderly man died.
On this particular day, it had been extremely hot with temperatures hovering around 90 degrees. In the end, it just felt like the day before.
It’s not just the weather that climate change is affecting. In a recent study, the CDC found that “The prevalence of chronic non-communicable diseases (NCDs) has increased in many US communities with documented increases of up to 100% in people age 65 and over.
This is not just an increase in the risk of death or disability. But also in the number of serious life-threatening conditions and disabilities.
It’s important to note that this is a non-trivial jump in risk that is statistically significant and measurable. This is what the CDC calls an “unintended consequence” of climate change.
What is The Frightening Affect of Climate Change on Pella Regional Health Center?
The CDC study found that climate change has caused a significant increase in the prevalence of chronic non-communicable diseases. But also that there is a significant decrease in the number of cases.
This is a real problem that the CDC isn’t talking about because it doesn’t come up in the media often enough.
You don’t hear about it. Because it’s too dangerous to do so. And we know that climate change is causing the increase in cases.
The CDC study is not to be confused with the new study that came out in the Journal of the American Medical Association that found that climate change caused a decrease in the number of cases of influenza. It was a small study that did not really answer the question of what caused the decrease in cases, but it did ask if the decrease in cases was due to climate change.
This is a good question. And it is one that we have been working on for some time. Our current research into the effect of climate change on health centers is limited to the question of which climate change conditions are most detrimental and what the effect is on patient safety and patient care.
As a result, we have not yet published our findings. Our work in that area is in the phase of a pilot study. So it is not ready to be published.