Marine Technology Society Journal
Sea level has been rising around the world, and in recent decades, the rate has been accelerating. Because rising seas have the potential to directly or indirectly affect the health of vast numbers of coastal communities and inhabitants, public health agencies and professionals—in conjunction with other fields—have a pivotal role to play in helping to protect populations, reduce and prevent health impacts, and foster resilience. This article discusses a novel effort that has been undertaken in Coastal Virginia to help prepare the next generation of public health professionals to grapple with sea level rise issues. The effort grew out of discussions of the importance of public health issues that took place through the Hampton Roads Sea Level Rise Preparedness and Resilience Intergovernmental Pilot Project. The new training effort focuses on public health graduate level training and incorporates both classroom and practice-based components. Though still in its early stages, the sea level rise and public health training effort has already achieved significant successes and continues to grow. The article begins by examining sea level rise as a public health issue. This is followed by a discussion of the new public health training initiative in Coastal Virginia. The article closes by exploring future directions.
Original Publication Citation
Becker, S. M. (2018). Improving public health readiness for sea level rise: A new initiative in coastal Virginia. Marine Technology Society Journal, 52(2), 84-91. doi:10.4031/MTSJ.52.2.9
Becker, Steven M., "Improving Public Health Readiness for Sea Level Rise: A New Initiative in Coastal Virginia" (2018). Community & Environmental Health Faculty Publications. 58.