Climate Change




"We're committed to making sure the nation knows about the effects of climate change on health. If anyone doesn't think this is a severe problem, they are fooling themselves."
-- APHA Executive Director Georges Benjamin, in The Washington Post


From exposure to extreme weather and heat waves to worsening air pollution and the spread of insect-borne disease – climate change is a health emergency. That’s why APHA has signed on to the Climate, Health, and Equity Policy Action Agenda with more than 70 health organizations to protect the health and safety of all people in the U.S.

Check out APHA's Climate Change and Health Needs Assessment (PDF) to learn more about what drives our programming and the American Journal of Public Health supplemental issue on Climate Change and Health Equity published with support from the Kresge Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. APHA translated a few of the articles into two user-friendly factsheets: Heat-Related Deaths (PDF) and Malnutrition (PDF).

The Healthcare Policy Podcast sat down with APHA's Georges Benjamin to talk about climate change and public health. Hear how APHA is taking action on this issue and how you can be a part of it.

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Follow the conversation online using the hashtag #ClimateChangesHealth

Questions? Please contact our climate change team or reach out on Twitter to @EH_4_All.


APHA applauds the Clean Power Plan, a bold strategy against climate change introduced by the White House and EPA that is projected to reduce carbon pollution from power plants by 32 percent by 2030 and protect the health of our nation for generations to come.


Climate Change Fact Sheets

Health and Climate Resource Guide (PDF)

From The Nation's Health

From Public Health Newswire:

Climate Change, Health, and Equity: A Guide for Local Health Departments (PDF)

APHA among groups disappointed in proposal to revoke Clean Power Plan (APHA news release)

Learn about New York State's efforts, highlighted in this story from the field: Successfully Preparing for Climate Change in New York State

Health Approaches to Climate Change: How do health care providers and public health professionals approach climate change differently? (PDF)

Infographic: How Climate Change Affects Your Health 

Adaptation in Action: Grantee Success Stories from CDC's Climate and Health Program (PDF) 

Climate Change: Mastering the Public Health Role, A Practical Guidebook (PDF)

Get the Facts: Transportation, Climate Change and Public Health (PDF)

Webinar series on climate and health

2019 Declaration on Climate Change and Health (PDF)

APHA policy statement: Public Health Opportunities to Address the Health Effects of Climate Change




Fact sheets on Climate Change

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