Association of Public Health Nurses

Association of Community Health Nursing Educators

The Community Guide (to prevention services)

Nursing Collaborative on Climate Change and Health

The implications of climate change on health are increasingly more apparent. From hotter temperatures to more extreme weather events, a changing climate poses serious threats to the health of our patients and communities. Which is why APHA's PHN Section has joined on to an effort to address climate change as a health imperative. As a member of the Nursing Collaborative on Climate Change and Health, the PHN Section is committed to promoting health protective solutions to address this health issue. Learn more about what nurses can do to make a difference in practice settings, communities, and within the nursing profession.

Hannah Noel-Bouchard, RN, BSN and Jason Kirchick, RN, MPH(c) are the APHA, Public Health Nursing Section representatives to the NCCCH. As representatives our work sets out to focus on elevating climate change and health as a national priority by engaging individual nurses and nursing organizations in climate and health awareness, advocacy, education and practice change.

Resources used in weekly Climate Messages and where to find more information:

The Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments' Climate Change Tooklit


Platt, John. 2013. Mother Nature Network. Pollen counts — and allergies — expected to double by 2040.

Air Quality:

World Health Organization. 2018. WHO Global Urban Ambient Air Pollution Database (update 2018).

National Climate Assessment. 2014. Human Health.

Healthy Babies Bright Futures and George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication. 2018. The Link Between Fossil Fuels and Neurological Harm.

Water Quality:

The Medical Society Consortium on Climate & Health. 2017. Medical Alert! Climate Change in Harming our Health.

Trtanj, Juli M. et al. 2016. US Global Change Research Program. Climate and Health Assessment Chapter 6: Water-Related Illness.

World Health Organization. 2017. Drinking Water.

Mental Health:

Trombley J, Chalupka S, Anderko L. 2017. Climate Change and Mental Health. AJN The American Journal of Nursing, 117(4), 44-52.  

Padhy SK, Sarkar S, Panigrahi M, Paul S. 2015. Mental health effects of climate change. Indian J Occup Environ Med. 2015;19(1):3–7.

Union of Concerned Scientists. Climate Change and Mental Health: Extreme weather takes a toll.

Extreme Heat:

Climate Central. 2018. Extreme Heat.

U.S. Resilience Toolkit, 2017. Extreme Heat-NIHHIS.

Hurricane Preparedness:

FEMA- Are you Ready?

National Weather Service Weather Safety

Be a Force of Nature with NOAA's Weather-Ready Nation

NWS Storm-Ready Sites and Communities Kids

American Red Cross


Center for Disease Control. Climate and Health: Wildfires. 2014.

Climate Nexus: Health & Climate Change.

Harvey, Chelsea. 2017. Here's What We Know About Wildfires And Climate Change. Climate Wire, Scientific American.

Thompson, Andrea. 2014. Lightning May Increase With Global Warming. Climate Central, Scientific American.


For more ways to save on energy at home, check out this tool kit put together by the Sonoma Library: DO IT YOURSELF ENERGY AND WATER SAVINGS GUIDE

Here's a link to finding what resources and tax incentives are available to you based on your location: DSIRE USA (PDF)