Public Health Institute’s Center for Climate Change & Health is dedicated to tackling the challenge of climate change while creating more vibrant, healthy and equitable communities throughout the US and around the world.

The Public Health Institute considers climate change to be one of the greatest global and domestic public health challenges of our time.

PHI’s Center for Climate Change & Health contributes to building healthy and climate-resilient communities that have the right tools to mitigate and adapt to climate change. The Center engages local leaders, scientists, policymakers, health care providers and civil society in mainstreaming the protection of health across a wide range of policies and sectors. It promotes strategies that reduce long-term climate change, promote climate resilient communities, protect all people from the health impacts of climate change, and optimize health and health equity outcomes.

In the News

“To Safeguard Against Climate Change, Defend Obamacare”

March 16, 2017

Los Angeles Sentinel

An important op-ed piece from Dr. Khadijah Lang, President of the Golden State Medical Association, reminding us all of how many policies create cumulative impacts on people of color and low income communities – and the connections between climate change and ACA repeal.

“Just days into the new congressional session, Republicans are acting aggressively to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), with little consensus on what will replace it. Should they succeed, as others have noted, the impacts on California’s residents and economy will be severe. California wholeheartedly embraced the ACA and as a result, rates of uninsured have dropped by half, to just 11% of the state. Repealing the law would mean that 4.9 million Californians who either bought insurance on the exchange or became eligible for Medi-Cal will lose their coverage.”


New Resource! A Physician’s Guide to Climate Change, Health and Equity

September 19, 2016

The Center for Climate Change and Health is excited to share its newest resource, A Physician’s Guide to Climate Change, Health and Equity. In partnership with the California Medical Association Foundation, the Network of Ethnic Physician Organizations and the National Medical Association, we’ve created this guide to strengthen and inform the physician voice on climate change, its health impacts, disproportionate burden on low-income communities and communities of color, and  solutions for health people, healthy places and a healthy planet for all.


Blog Posts

12/16 Web Forum — Climate Change, Equity and Health: How Funders Can Make a Difference

December 17, 2014

Climate change is a known “threat multiplier,” posing the greatest danger for communities already bearing the burden of health and environmental challenges. On December 16, PHI partnered with Grantmakers in Health, the Health and Environmental Funders Network, and the Convergence Partnership to for a funders-only briefing on climate change, equity, and health.


PHI hosts People, Power, Change at APHA

November 17, 2014

PHI’s CA Convergence and RAMP co-hosted #PeoplePowerChange, a free public speaker series about resilience and community health, at the APHA annual conference. Check out photos from the event and learn more.


Civil Society Event: Action in Climate Change and Health

Event: September 22, 2014, New York, NY 
 Video Release: October

As the call to action on climate change becomes ever more urgent, it is also becoming apparent that climate change mitigation strategies also offer tremendous opportunities to improve health. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon convened world leaders at Climate Summit 2014 to catalyze governments, industry and civil society worldwide towards substantial commitments for a low-carbon economy to mitigate climate change. The health and public health community engaged through a Climate Week NYC event that brought together an extraordinary set of speakers to address the intersection of climate and health.

Co-hosted by the Public Health Institute, the event addressed the health benefits of climate mitigation, and the pathway towards a sustainable and healthy future. Acting Surgeon General Boris Lushniak, Dr. Richard Horton, editor of The Lancet, and EPA head Gina McCarthy spearheaded a dynamic program engaging thought leaders across multiple sectors, including food and agriculture, transportation and community design, and energy and air pollution.

Learn more and look for the event video in October at the event website.


Join the US Climate & Health Alliance

The U.S. Climate and Health Alliance is a national network of health and public health practitioners dedicated to addressing the threats of climate change to health.

By joining the Alliance, you can connect with other health professionals working to address climate change as a human and health crisis; share and learn about opportunities to bring the health voice into programs and policies to address climate change; share and access tools, resources and materials to support your efforts; and contribute to building a health movement to tackle climate change. The Center for Climate Change & Health hosts and serves as secretariat for the Alliance.

Learn more and join.