APHA Center for Climate, Health & Equity  

Washington DC,  DC 
United States
  • Booth: 112

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 climate center applies offers the guiding principles of health equity to shape climate policy, engagement, and action to justly address the needs of communities. APHA is the leading voice on the connection between climate and public health.


  • Dual Disaster Handbook
    Recommendations for local leaders responding to floods during COVID-19...

  • 2020 demonstrated how flooding and COVID-19 compound existing health, environmental, and income inequities on racial and socioeconomic lines. With these challenges in mind, this handbook for local leaders provides six recommendations for preparing for floods during COVID-19. While the specific response will vary by community, proactively planning an equitable response is essential everywhere: https://assets.floodcoalition.org/2021/04/54c1f9237d0c62c7338df37959a8d177-DualDisasterHandbook4_8_21.pdf
  • Energy Justice Fact Sheets
    These fact sheets provide key concepts of energy justice and information on how public health professionals can advance an energy just future....

  • Energy justice is a public health issue, which is why APHA is working to elevate public health and health equity in discussions to create a cleaner energy economy. By pursuing energy justice as a priority, public health professionals can play a role in both challenging health inequities and mitigating climate change. Check out our Energy Justice fact sheets to start the conversation by illuminating key concepts of energy justice and how public health professionals can advance an energy just future: https://apha.org/Topics-and-Issues/Climate-Change  
  • ECO Bookworms Book Club
    Calling all Early Climate Optimists! Our ECO Bookworms book club invites parents, caregivers and educators to start conversations about climate change and the environment with their little ones....

  • Knowing how to talk about climate change with children can be difficult. We all want to nurture the next generation and encourage a sense of hope and personal power. Reading stories about climate change and our changing planet is a great place to start. Learn more about the book club and see our book picks here: https://www.apha.org/Topics-and-Issues/Climate-Change/ECO-Bookworms 

  • Climate change and health equity: Tribal challenge
    The Tribal Public and Environmental Health Think Tank hosted a conversation on climate and health in tribal communities....

  • The Tribal Public and Environmental Health Think Tank, in partnership with APHA and with support from CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, hosted a conversation on climate and health in tribal communities. Presenters identified how changes in the climate and have impacted the health and lifeways of tribe; discussed the importance of climate and health initiatives to mitigate inequity and how tribal governments and tribal-serving organizations can address climate justice; and presented tribal strategies and frameworks to address climate and health challenges that also reduce future health disparities, celebrate tribal ways of life and traditional, cultural practices. Check out the recording here: https://www.apha.org/Events-and-Meetings/APHA-Calendar/Webinar-Events/2020/Climate-Change-tribal-challenges

  • Student Champions for Climate Justice Awards
    For a second year, 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 award to create a virtual experience during National Public Health Week....

  • The Center awarded five college and university student groups with $500 each to create a Virtual Academic Community Experience during National Public Health Week (April 5-11, 2021). From an Indigenous plant walk to podcasts and panel discussions, these virtual experiences underscore the important connections between climate change and health inequities. The experiences also will inspire campus-wide action to continue building an equitable climate-healthy and -just future. Learn more about the awardees here: https://www.apha.org/News-and-Media/News-Releases/APHA-News-Releases/2021/Climate-Justice-Champions

  • Tiny Climate Chronicles
    If you’ve ever struggled with communicating about climate change, APHA has a new resource for you. Check out our Tiny Climate Chronicles for more on the power of stories and guidance on good storytelling techniques....

  • Our 100-word story series features reader-submitted stories that highlight the health impacts of climate change and illustrate the ways we cope and overcome. Personal experience makes you your own expert, and your story has more power to drive climate action than facts alone. Stories make climate change relatable by drawing on common experience and core human values, like health. Let’s share our personal experiences to inspire and empower action on climate change. Together we can build healthy, resilient communities — one story at a time! Submit yours here: https://www.apha.org/Topics-and-Issues/Climate-Change/Storytelling
  • Climate Change, Health and Equity Guide
    Climate Change, Health, and Equity: A Guide for Local Health Departments is designed to help local public health departments integrate climate change and health equity into practice...

  • As one of the biggest public health threats today, climate change is a health equity issue. Authored by Public Health Institute with support from APHA, the Kresge Foundation, and the California Department of Public health, Climate Change, Health, and Equity: A Guide for Local Health Departments includes overviews of climate science, health impacts of climate change and how health equity fits into the equation. It discusses what local health departments can do to include climate change and health equity into assessment and surveillance, intersectoral collaboration, community engagement and education, climate and health communications, preparedness and morehttps://www.apha.org/Topics-and-Issues/Climate-Change/Guide

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