The Climate Change Health Effects, Adaptation, and resiLience (HEAL) cluster is an interdisciplinary research excellence group that aims to understand the health effects of extreme weather events caused by climate change and develop adaptive solutions through an integrated knowledge translation lens.
The following research themes and aims will be used to guide the research.
Theme 1) Health Effects of Climate Change
Aim: Understand and detail how climate-related threats confer compounding acute and long-term health effects via exposure to smoke, heat, contaminated soil and water, and psychosocial stressors.
Theme 2) Co-benefits of Adaptation for Protection and Prevention
Aim: Identify and design technical, behavioural, and policy approaches that minimize impacts of these threats, stressors, and altered environments across multiple dimensions of health, focusing on strategies that protect those most vulnerable and susceptible.
Theme 3) Research to Action, by Partnering with Stakeholders
Aim: With stakeholders, implement and evaluate adaptive and resiliency-building behaviours, interventions, and engagement strategies that are most promising and community-embraced across individual, group, and population scales.