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.
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
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
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