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    “Climate change is the greatest public health challenge of the 21st century.”

    The Lancet

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

Meet the New Climate Change Warrior: Your Doctor

September 29, 2014


The Center for Climate Change and Health’s Jennifer Miller comments on opportunities for health in climate strategies, as the Journal of the American Medical Association calls upon medical professionals to get more involved in addressing climate.


Blog Posts

Phasing out HFCs Would Ease Climate Impact on Small Island Nations

October 20, 2014

The EPA has passed a rule to restrict use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), powerful greenhouse gases that are used in refrigerators and air conditioning. This speaks to an issue of vital importance to Ambassador Asterio Takesy of the Federated States of Micronesia, who calls for supporting the Montreal Protocol to phase out HFCs in order to protect small island nations from looming sea level rise.


UN Climate Summit, Action in Climate Change and Health: Event Summary

October 8, 2014

On the eve of the UN Climate Summit in New York, an impressive array of world health leaders gathered for an event on Action in Climate Change and Health. Convened by the Public Health Institute (PHI) and co-hosts, the event offered an unparalleled opportunity for leading figures from all corners to discuss strategies for mitigating climate change and securing co-benefits to health, which offer vital opportunities to create healthier, more equitable and more vibrant communities throughout the world.


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.