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Climate Change

The Public Health Institute considers climate change to be one of the greatest public health challenges of the 21st century. We are dedicated to tackling the challenge of climate change while creating more vibrant, healthy, and equitable communities throughout the US and around the world. 

PHI advocates for healthy and climate-resilient communities that have the right tools to mitigate and adapt to climate change, while promoting strategies to reduce the overall factors which drive climate change in the first place. Our expertise can help you advance the protection of health and climate by identifying strategies that reduce long-term climate change, promote climate resilient communities, protect all people from the health impacts, and optimize health and health equity outcomes. 

Our expertise includes:

  • Research: Successful climate change prevention and mitigation solutions require solid research to understand the full impact of climate change on our health and planet. We can work with you to design and implement research programs to identify the current and future impacts to communities by tracking rates of asthma, communicable and chronic diseases, and other related health threats.
  • Policy and program development and implementation: PHI can help you launch and sustain adaptation and mitigation strategies that effectively address the impacts of climate change on health, while at the same time generating co-benefits for the health, agriculture, transportation, urbanization, and energy sectors—at the local, state, national, or global levels. 
  • Network and coalition building: By creating diverse coalitions and engaging local leaders, scientists, policymakers, health care providers and the general public, we can help you build campaigns that to advance climate solutions. Work with us to collaborate directly with priority local or federal partners, such as farmers, small businesses, impacted communities, and elected officials.
  • Capacity building: Our trainings and work sessions will bring together staff, community members, partners, and other stakeholders to ensure that solutions to climate change are at the forefront of public health efforts.
  • Expert testimony: Our experts have testified about the impact of climate change and health at local and state legislative hearings, at the White House and to major media outlets around the world. Their testimony has helped bolster important climate change practice and policy.

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Experts

Paul English

Paul English, PhD, MPH, is state environmental epidemiologist and branch scientific advisor for the Environmental Health Investigations Branch at t...

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Anne Kelsey Lamb

Anne Kelsey Lamb, MPH, is the director of Regional Asthma Management and Prevention (RAMP) and its principal investigator. Serving as director sinc...

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Linda Rudolph

Linda Rudolph, MD, MPH, is the Director of the Center for Climate Change and Health at PHI. She also provides consultation to local jurisdictions t...

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Programs

California Environmental Health Tracking Program

The California Environmental Health Tracking Program emphasizes the development of spatial analysis and visualization methods that enable state-of-...

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Center for Climate Change and Health

The Center for Climate Change and Health contributes to building healthy and climate-resilient communities that have the right tools to mitigate an...

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Cleaner Cookstoves: Building Global Capacity & Improving Public Health

Exposure to smoke from cooking fires and traditional stoves results in nearly 2 million premature deaths each year, predominantly among women and c...

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Dialogue4Health

Dialogue4Health (D4H), a project of PHI, is a community that conceives, builds and shares strategies to improve the public's health. D4H p...

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Here's How We're Making a Difference

Advocating for Action On Climate and Health

Through advocacy, expert testimony and research, PHI’s Center for Climate Change and Health supported the groundbreaking passage of 2016 California legislation, SB 32 and SB 1383, the most aggressive climate change bills in the country.

In 2016, the State Legislature solidified California’s role as a leader in policy changes to slow climate change with the passage of these two bills, buoyed by PHI’s advocacy and research that integrates the long-term consequences climate change will have on vulnerable populations. On the local level, PHI’s Center for Climate Change and Health championed a ban on coal handling in Oakland, CA, citing the detrimental effects nonrenewable energy has in exacerbating climate change.

In 2015, Dr. Linda Rudolph, of PHI's Center for Climate Change and Health, played a key role in advocating for passage of SB 350, a new California law that will increase the state's renewable energy use to 50% and double energy efficiency in buildings by 2030—including testifying before the State Assembly on behalf of the bill. Dr. Rudolph was named a Champion for Change in Climate and Health by the White House in 2013.

Building Powerful Alliances to Spur Action on Climate Change

With a powerful track record for engaging partners and building capacity to address public health issues, PHI is working to foster public health and health sector leadership on climate change. An accredited NGO at the United Nations, PHI works to build attention to the links between climate change and health in international meetings and negotiations.

As the host of the Center for Climate Change and Health, PHI serves as the host of the U.S. Climate and Health Alliance, a network of health and public health practitioners working to address the climate impact on health, providing up-to-date resources on health and climate change and a forum for public health professionals to communicate and engage on climate solutions. The U.S. Climate and Health Alliance is the U.S. affiliate of the Global Climate and Health Alliance that brings together health advocates on climate change from around the world.

Improving Air Quality Across California

Climate change worsens air quality, yet many climate strategies reduce other air pollutants as well. In California, PHI has assessed the health impact of proposed cap and trade regulations and been an active voice for health equity in the implementation of California’s Global Warming Solutions Act. 

PHI’s Regional Asthma Management and Prevention program helped pass California diesel emissions regulations that are projected to prevent 150,000 cases of asthma, 12,000 cases of acute bronchitis and 9,400 premature deaths over 15 years.