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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.

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DOCTORS AND HEALTH PROFESSIONALS PUSH TO UNMASK CITIES AS GLOBAL AIR POLLUTION TOLL GROWS

May 2, 2017

Unmask My City

May 2, 2017, London — Today, World Asthma Day, doctors, allied healthcare professionals, and public health practitioners around the world are officially launching Unmask My City, a global initiative to rally their peers and push for action on air pollution in 10 cities. Using air quality monitors, a smartphone app, and custom-built light masks that change colour according to ambient pollution levels, Unmask My City groups have measured, mapped and visualised air pollution levels between two and ten-times World Health Organization (WHO) standards for PM2.5 fine particulates, showing that poor quality air is a problem for almost everyone on earth.

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Statement from Dr. Linda Rudolph, Director of the Public Health Institute’s Center for Climate Change and Health

March 30, 2017

President Trump’s Executive Order on “Energy Independence” threatens the public’s health by undermining efforts to defend our communities, country, and planet from the devastating impacts of climate change—the greatest health threat of the 21st century. The Public Health Institute and its Center for Climate Change and Health stand opposed to these harmful measures.

 

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Blog Posts

Talking About Climate Change in Tulsa: Health Department Leads the Way

May 19, 2017

As the impacts of climate change become more frequent and extreme, Oklahoma is likely to see warming temperatures, and increased variability of precipitation events and storms, which will significantly impact the health and prosperity of Oklahomans. These climate impacts will affect respiratory health, food security, and the local agricultural economy. Warning signs like this led the Tulsa City and County Health Department (TCCHD) to recognize the health threats of climate change, and to commit to doing something about it.

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A New and Needed Role for Public Health: Acting on Climate Change

April 24, 2017

Climate change impacts all aspects of public health, from disaster recovery to disease control to social networks to issues of equity and access. San Francisco’s Climate and Health Program, started in 2010, is one of the most comprehensive models of what health departments can do to start planning for action on climate change. To learn more about the city’s framework, we asked Cyndy Comerford about challenges faced, lessons learned, advice for other departments, and more. Comerford describes the report’s distribution as “really just the tip of the iceberg” in acting on climate change.

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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.

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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.

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