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Climate, Health and Equity

Climate change is one of the biggest health emergencies we face today. Join APHA in taking swift, ambitious action to mitigate the health effects of climate change.

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Who We Are

APHA’s Center for Climate, Health and Equity leads public health efforts to inspire action on climate and health equity, advance policy and galvanize the field to address the climate crisis.

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Why Is Climate Change a Public Health Issue? 

As rising global temperatures disrupt the interconnected systems in our environment, we are vulnerable to catastrophic conditions.

Extreme heat, severe storms, air pollution, wildfires and the spread of mosquito- and tick-borne diseases threaten the physical and mental health of all communities.

APHA focuses on protecting populations who are disproportionately affected, including people living with disabilities and chronic illnesses, communities of color, people experiencing homelessness and outdoor workers.

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Research, Fact Sheets and More

View all APHA fact sheets related to climate change.

View all American Journal of Public Health articles related to climate change.

Read the latest Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change: Policy Brief for the U.S.

Infographic: How Climate Change Affects Your Health

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)

Watch Energy Equity and Public Health videos.

Climate-relevant COVID-19 resources

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

Alaska | California | Midwest | Northeast | Northern Great Plains | Southeast | Southern Great Plains | Southwest

Fact sheet template and guides to 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)

In the News

View all articles in The Nation's Health related to climate change.

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View all articles in Public Health Newswire related to climate change.

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Questions? Email Gill Capper, program manager, APHA's Center for Climate, Health and Equity.