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



APHA news release: National Climate Assessment is grave reminder of action needed to protect public health from climate change

New Resource

2018 Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change Brief for the United States of America The Lancet Countdown: Tracking Progress on Health and Climate Change is an international research collaboration dedicated to tracking the world's response to climate change and the health benefits that emerge from these responses.

This companion U.S. brief, newly released by APHA and The Lancet, hones in on the health impacts of climate change in America. As former EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy at a Nov. 29 event to launch the report about the public health experts who wrote the document, "We have to listen to them and stop denying science."

Learn more about the launch event and the full report at at and


Climate change and equity

Climate Change, Health, and EquityAs one of the biggest public health threats today, climate change is a health equity issue. Authored by Public Health Institute with support from APHA, the Kresge Foundation, and the California Department of Public health, Climate Change, Health, and Equity: A Guide for Local Health Departments (PDF) is designed to help local public health departments integrate climate change and health equity into practice. View the overview (PDF) for a snapshot. And if you'd like a higher-resolution version of the guide, visit our Climate Change, Health, and Equity page or email us.

Check out our webinar showcasing examples of climate change and health equity activities taking place in local health departments across the nation. 

Adaptation in Action

States across the nation are taking action to reduce the effects of climate change on health. Learn more: Adaptation in Action Part II 2018: Grantee Success Stories from CDC's Climate and Health Program (PDF). 

Climate Changes Health

Climate change can harm the water supply, increase vector-borne disease and increase extreme weather events. Vulnerable populations such as communities of color, the elderly, young children, the poor and those with chronic illnesses bear the greatest burden of injury, disease and death related to climate change. As an APHA priority, we believe in the need for strong climate change strategies and interventions that protect people's health. The public health community plays a critical role.

Urge your members of Congress to protect the Clean Air Act. And read "The Remarkable Inconsistency of Climate Denial."

Follow the conversation online using the hashtag #ClimateChangesHealth

With participation from members, experts and partners, APHA has formed a multiyear strategic plan (PDF) to address climate change and health — view the summary (PDF). The strategic plan supports the vision, "Climate change is a national priority with broad political and social support. Our nation will address it in ways that improve public health and health equity, creating the healthiest nation in one generation." 

Climate & Health Solutions for Our FutureThe Medical Society Consortium on Climate & Health, a group of member medical societies and health- and science-based organizations, hosted the Climate & Health Solutions Conference. The conference included presentations on a range of solutions such as: pricing carbon, accelerating the transition to clean energy, and greening the health sector. Check out the presentation slides and video recordings.

Questions? Please contact our environmental health 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.


Public Health Newswire: Global climate action: A public health imperative

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

From The Nation's HealthClimate change to take center stage at APHA 2017 in Atlanta and California strengthens its role as leader on climate change

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

The Nation's Health cover story: Public health taking action as climate change heats up

Climate Change Fact Sheets

Infographic: How Climate Change Affects Your Health

The Nation's Health  cover story: Vulnerable populations at risk from the effects of climate change: Public health working to find solutions

Health Equity in a Changing Climate

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

Climate Change: Endangering Human Health and Wellbeing (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

The Nation's Health  cover story: Global climate change treaty to have public health impacts

Public Health Newswire: APHA, experts discuss climate and health at White House Summit 

Safer climate, healthier nation (blog post by APHA Executive Director Georges Benjamin and EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy)

2017 Declaration on Climate Change and Health (PDF)

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

APHA’s Get Ready Campaign's September 2015 Google Hangout featured an exceptional panel of experts who shared their perspectives about climate change. 

APHA and the CDC presented the webinar Climate Changes Health: Two CDC BRACE Grantees Take Steps Toward Adaptation. Listen to the recorded webinar.



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