Climate Change




"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



Climate & Health Solutions for Our FutureHaving focused on climate change and health throughout 2017, APHA is pleased to share that the Medical Society Consortium on Climate & Health, a group of member medical societies and health- and science-based organizations, is hosting the Climate & Health Solutions Conference on April 9-10, 2018 at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. The conference will include presentations on a range of solutions such as: pricing carbon, accelerating the transition to clean energy, and greening the health sector. Attendance is free, but registration is required. If you can't attend, APHA is bringing you a livestream of the event.

Climate change can harm the water supply, increase vector-borne disease and increase extreme weather events. Vulnerable populations such as communities of color, the elderly, young children, the poor and those with chronic illnesses bear the greatest burden of injury, disease and death related to climate change. As an APHA priority, we believe in the need for strong climate change strategies and interventions that protect people's health. The public health community plays a critical role.

Tell your members of Congress to oppose any efforts to delay or block the Clean Power Plan, which would reduce carbon pollution that contributes to climate change. And read "The Remarkable Inconsistency of Climate Denial."

Follow the conversation online using the hashtag #ClimateChangesHealth

Small Adaptation in Action report coverCommunities across the nation are taking action to reduce the effects of climate change on health. Adaptation in Action: Grantee Success Stories from CDC's Climate and Health Program (PDF) highlights successful ways communities have responded to the challenge of climate change. For example:

• The Minnesota Climate and Health Program developed an Extreme Heat Toolkit offering education on warming temperatures in Minnesota, ways to adapt to extreme heat, how to partner with local organizations and much more.

• The San Francisco Climate and Health Program's heat vulnerability index pinpoints neighborhoods most susceptible to the health effects of extreme heat. The index guides such efforts as where to designate cooling centers and helps city planners decide where more trees should be planted to offer shade and boost cooling effects.

With participation from members, experts and partners, APHA formed a multiyear strategic plan (PDF) to address climate change and health. The strategic plan was developed to support the vision, "Climate change is a national priority with broad political and social support. Our nation will address it in ways that improve public health and health equity, creating the healthiest nation in one generation." 

Support the Clean Power Plan (APHA Action Alert)

Questions? Please contact our environmental health team or reach out on Twitter to @EH_4_All.


APHA applauds the Clean Power Plan, a bold strategy against climate change introduced by the White House and EPA that is projected to reduce carbon pollution from power plants by 32 percent by 2030 and protect the health of our nation for generations to come.


APHA among groups disappointed in proposal to revoke Clean Power Plan (APHA news release)

Learn about New York State's efforts, highlighted in this story from the field: Successfully Preparing for Climate Change in New York State

From The Nation's HealthClimate change to take center stage at APHA 2017 in Atlanta and California strengthens its role as leader on climate change

Health Approaches to Climate Change: How do health care providers and public health professionals approach climate change differently? (PDF)

The Nation's Health cover story: Public health taking action as climate change heats up

Climate Change Fact Sheets

Infographic: How Climate Change Affects Your Health

The Nation's Health  cover story: Vulnerable populations at risk from the effects of climate change: Public health working to find solutions

Health Equity in a Changing Climate

Adaptation in Action: Grantee Success Stories from CDC's Climate and Health Program (PDF)

Climate Change: Endangering Human Health and Wellbeing (PDF)

Climate Change: Mastering the Public Health Role, A Practical Guidebook (PDF)

Get the Facts: Transportation, Climate Change and Public Health (PDF)

Webinar series on climate and health

The Nation's Health  cover story: Global climate change treaty to have public health impacts

Public Health Newswire: APHA, experts discuss climate and health at White House Summit

Share our climate and health infographic

Safer climate, healthier nation (blog post by APHA Executive Director Georges Benjamin and EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy)

2017 Declaration on Climate Change and Health (PDF)

APHA policy statement: Public Health Opportunities to Address the Health Effects of Climate Change

APHA’s Get Ready Campaign's September 2015 Google Hangout featured an exceptional panel of experts who shared their perspectives about climate change. 

APHA and the CDC presented the webinar Climate Changes Health: Two CDC BRACE Grantees Take Steps Toward Adaptation. Listen to the recorded webinar.


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