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.
With a long-standing commitment to climate as a health issue, APHA’s center applies a health equity lens to help shape climate policy, engagement and action to justly address the needs of all communities regardless of age, geography, race, income, gender and more. APHA is the leading voice on the connection between climate and public health.
Meet the members of APHA’s Center for Climate, Health and Equity Advisory Board.
The center is excited to announce the 30 members of its 2022-2023 advisory board:
- Mirna P. Amaya, University of Florida, APHA Human Rights Forum
- Elena Canler, Faith in Place
- Jesseca Chatman, NAACP Environmental & Climate Justice Committee
- Olufunmilayo Chinekezi, National Academy of Medicine Climate Grant Challenge, NASEM
- David E. Corbin, University of Nebraska Omaha
- Mauro Diaz-Hernandez, Yale Center on Climate Change and Health
- Natasha DeJarnett, University of Louisville Christina Lee Brown Envirome Institute
- Robin A. Evans-Agnew, School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership, University of Washington Tacoma
- Jairo Garcia, Georgia Institute of Technology, Johns Hopkins University, Urban Climate Nexus
- Ans Irfan, George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health, Harvard University Divinity School
- Tenaya Jackman, Hawai’i Public Health Association, Pacific Islands Primary Care Association
- Jaylan Jacobs, Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance
- Kaumudi Joshipura, Center for Clinical Research & Health Promotion, University of Puerto Rico, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
- Amna Khan, Ceres
- Kevin Lanza, UTHealth School of Public Health
- Georgiana A. Logan, Marshall University
- Beto Martinez, CleanAirNow Environmental Justice, Moving Forward Network, SciCAN, CEJC Founding Member
- Leyla McCurdy, Children’s Environmental Health Network
- Chantelle Mendonsa, National Resources Defense Council
- Zo Mpofu, North Carolina Public Health Association, Solar United Neighbors
- Iyabo Obasanjo, College of William and Mary
- Melissa Ontiveros, Community Action Agency of Southern New Mexico
- Benito Pérez, Transportation for America
- Richard Rabin, Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health
- Crystal Romeo Upperman, Deloitte
- Rose M. Schneider, Health Systems Management
- Momodou Tekanyi, CUNY Graduate School of Public Health, Advance Care Alliance of New York
- Pamela Valera, Rutgers School of Public Health
- Deborah Klein Walker, Family Voices, New Hampshire Healthcare Workers for Climate Action
- Brenda Wilson, University of California, San Diego
The center works to:
- Raise awareness, so everyone in the U.S., beginning with the public health field, recognizes the urgency of practices, policies and individual choices that address climate change and improve public health.
- Enable an environment and culture in which "climate healthy" and equitable choices are easy choices.
- Promote policies focused on environmental justice and health equity designed to address climate change adaptation and mitigation.
- Support science that clarifies the health impacts of climate change, as well as offers solutions and policies to guide decisionmakers.
- Lead. APHA is recognized as the leading voice around the connection between climate change and health.
Our vision for America is that climate change is treated as a national priority with broad political and social support. In our vision, the nation will address climate change in ways that improve public health and health equity, creating the healthiest nation in one generation.
Questions? Please contact our climate change team or follow @PublicHealth using #ClimateChangesHealth.
Learn more about the connection between public health and climate change on our climate change page and from these APHA resources:
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