Projects

The Center for Climate Change & Health directly hosts some PHI projects addressing climate change and health. As a hub for the a climate change Community of Practice within the Public Health Institute, the Center also shares information about climate change work from across PHI programs and projects.

  • Creating a Climate for Health

    This project’s goals are to foster public health sector engagement and partnerships to mitigate climate change and to build community and public health system resilience to adapt to climate change.

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  • U.S. Climate and Health Alliance

    PHI’s Center for Climate Change and Health hosts the U.S. Climate and Health Alliance, which brings together public health and health care workers from across the U.S. to amplify the health voice on what The Lancet  has called “the biggest global health threat of the 21st century.”

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  • Clean Air Advocacy

    Program Regional Asthma Management and Prevention

    Climate change work at PHI’s Regional Asthma Management and Prevention program focuses on advancing systems and policy change to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions while reducing other air pollutants and protecting health equity.

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  • Integrating Climate Change into the Clinical Setting

    The overarching goal of this project is to increase health care professional and clinic staff awareness and knowledge about climate change and health, and to foster and support communication about climate change and health with patients and their families in the clinical setting, with an emphasis on the health co-benefits of climate action. This nine month planning grant will lay the groundwork for implementation.

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  • Community Vulnerabilities to Climate Change

    Program California Environmental Health Tracking Program

    The public health risks from climate change vary across California’s communities and among individuals within these communities.  It is essential to know which communities or populations are most vulnerable to climate change in order to identify strategies to reduce their risk and improve community resiliency.  Advanced planning will be central to preventing illness and death.  A first step in planning is to understand the risks faced by different communities.

    The California Environmental Health Tracking Program (CEHTP) utilized an existing environmental justice screening method (EJSM) and adapted it to examine climate change vulnerability among communities within two counties likely to experience substantial climate change impacts—Los Angeles and Fresno Counties.  The EJSM enables mapping of population risk to climate change at the census tract level.  CEHTP used this and incorporated metrics associated with climate change impacts and a community’s adaptive capacity.

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  • Cleaner Cookstoves: Building Global Capacity and Improving Public Health

    Exposure to smoke from cooking fires and traditional stoves results in nearly 2 million premature deaths each year, predominantly among women and children. The adoption of cleaner stoves and fuels will not only save lives, but also reduce rapid erosion of natural resources.

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  • UN Climate Summit: Climate and Health Side Event

    Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has invited Heads of State and Government along with business, finance, civil society and local leaders to a UN Climate Summit, September 23, 2014, in New York.  The Summit is aimed at catalyzing governments, industry and civil society towards making substantial commitments for reaching a low-carbon economy.

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  • Public Health Research Roadmap for Emerging Electricity Generating Systems

    The Center for Climate Change and Health will be leading the effort to create a public health research roadmap aimed at anticipating and preventing potential unintended health impacts of emerging energy systems.

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  • Climate Change Physician Champions

    The Center for Climate Change and Health has partnered with the California Medical Association Foundation and the Network of Ethnic Physician Organizations (NEPO) to build capacity and leverage the health provider voice on climate change and health to create a world with to create a world of “healthy people, healthy places, healthy planet.”

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  • Heat Surveillance and Monitoring

    Program California Environmental Health Tracking Program

    The California Environmental Health Tracking Program takes a community-based approach to developing surveillance systems for environmental hazards, exposures and environmentally related chronic disease. It’s work to assess the health impacts of heat and the impacts of increased wildfire activity in California have helped to ….

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