"We're committed to making sure the nation knows about the effects of climate change on health. If anyone doesn't think this is a severe problem, they are fooling themselves."
-- APHA Executive Director Georges Benjamin, in The Washington Post
From exposure to extreme weather and heat waves to worsening air pollution and the spread of insect-borne disease – climate change is a health emergency. That’s why APHA has signed on to the Climate, Health, and Equity Policy Action Agenda with more than 70 health organizations to protect the health and safety of all people in the U.S.
Check out APHA's Climate Change and Health Needs Assessment (PDF) to learn more about what drives our programming and the American Journal of Public Health supplemental issue on Climate Change and Health Equity published with support from the Kresge Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. APHA translated a few of the articles into two user-friendly factsheets: Heat-Related Deaths (PDF) and Malnutrition (PDF).
The Healthcare Policy Podcast sat down with APHA's Georges Benjamin to talk about climate change and public health. Hear how APHA is taking action on this issue and how you can be a part of it. Benjamin also testified on the health impacts of climate change at the House Committee on the Budget's convening on "The Costs of Climate Change: From Coasts to Heartland, Health to Security."
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