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Climate Change

Why is climate change a public health issue?

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. 



From The Nation's Health: Climate change returns to top of US agenda, earning praise

Climate, Health and Equity: Recommendations for HHS 

"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

APHA has signed on to the Climate, Health, and Equity Policy Action Agenda with more than 150 health organizations to protect the health and safety of all people in the U.S.

 CONGRATULATIONS to the Student Champions for Climate Justice Award Winners!

The Center selected five student groups to create academic community experiences during the month of September as part of APHA’s 150 anniversary monthly theme, “Protecting our Environment to Protect our Health.” Learn more about the awardees and their events! 

Climate Change resources

Watch Climate Communications Bootcamp Training

In February 2023, APHA and the National Center for Healthy Housing hosted a training to build public health capacity in delivering key climate and health messaging and engaging and communicating with policymakers and the media. 

Watch the training for free or purchase for continuing education credits.

Read about how participants put their new skills into use on Capitol Hill.

Climate Justice Supplement

American Climate Perspectives Survey 2022, Vol. II, in partnership with ecoAmerica

Fact sheets on energy justice (Special thanks to Partnership for Southern Equity for their thoughtful review)

Climate-relevant COVID-19 resources

Fact sheets on the health impacts of climate change (all are PDFs)

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Our factsheet template and guides will help you create maps and find data to populate your location-specific factsheet:

Factsheet template (DOC) | Generating Environmental Health Maps (PDF) | Generating Climate Change Maps (PDF)

More about climate change

Check out the sessions on climate change (PDF) at APHA 2021!

APHA's Center for Climate, Health and Equity names five U.S. college and university student groups to receive the 2021 Student Champions for Climate Justice awards!

Check out the winners of APHA's 2020 Student Champions for Climate Justice awards.

Listen to the American Shoreline Podcast's episode featuring APHA's Surili Sutaria Patel on about climate justice and public health.

APHA is proud to support our partners' creation of powerful new resources and tools like ecoAmerica's Moving Forward Toolkit: A Guide for Health Professionals to Build Momentum on Climate Action and Healthcare Without Harm's Energy and Health Impact Calculator.

APHA’s Center for Climate, Health and Equity leads public health efforts to inspire action on climate and health, advance policy and galvanize the field to address climate change. To stay current on the Center's activities and opportunities, sign up for our newsletter.

Follow the conversation online using the hashtag #ClimateChangesHealth

Questions? Please contact our climate change team or reach out on Twitter to @EH_4_All.


APHA’s Georges Benjamin talks climate change and health on the Healthcare Policy Podcast

APHA’s Surili Sutaria Patel talks climate justice and health equity on the American Shoreline Podcast

Climate Change Webinars

Also of interest:

Climate change sessions at the 2018 APHA Annual Meeting and Expo in San Diego (PDF)
Year of Climate Change and Health Calendar of Events (PDF)
Climate change sessions at the 2017 APHA Annual Meeting and Expo in Atlanta (PDF)
Climate Change sessions at the 2016 APHA Annual Meeting in Denver (PDF)
Climate Change sessions at the 2015 APHA Annual Meeting in Chicago (PDF)


Climate Change Fact Sheets 

Health and Climate Resource Guide (PDF) 

From The Nation's Health

From Public Health Newswire:

Climate Change, Health, and Equity: A Guide for Local Health Departments (PDF) 

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

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

Infographic: How Climate Change Affects Your Health

Adaptation in Action, Part II: Updated Grantee Success Stories from CDC's Climate and Health Program (2018) (PDF)

Adaptation in Action: Grantee Success Stories from CDC's Climate and Health Program (2015) (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

2021 Declaration on Climate Change and Health (PDF)

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




Energy equity and health videos

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Fact sheets on Climate Change

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