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 Center for Climate, Health and Equity is proud to announce the 10 recipients of its Speak for Health Advocacy Bootcamp Scholarship. The scholarship supports expenses associated with the bootcamp, which will be held July 15-16 in Washington, D.C. Participants attending this year’s bootcamp will learn how to take action, change the direction of our country and build a better public health system through advocacy on climate change and health. Scholarship winners demonstrated commitment to health equity and passion for advancing climate solutions in their applications, exemplifying the kind of action the Center for Climate, Health and Equity strives to promote.

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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.


Health and Climate Resource Guide (PDF)

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

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)

2019 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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