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

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.