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Yale Public Health Magazine, Focus: Spring 2024


The Yale Center on Climate Change and Health (YCCCH) envisions a world with a stable and safe climate in which human health and diverse ecosystems can thrive.

YCCCH uses research, education, public health practice, and policy development to help safeguard the health of human populations from adverse impacts of climate change and human activities that cause climate change.

YCCCH works with academic, government, and civil society partners, and aims to make an impact locally, nationally, and globally. It integrates research and social justice into all of its work, which includes:

  • A vibrant research program, based in the CHEN Lab, that focuses on revealing the full spectrum of health impacts of climate change.
  • An innovative Program on Health Care Sustainability that seeks to lower greenhouse gas emissions and increase the resilience of the health care sector.
  • Its membership in The Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change, an international collaboration that publishes an annual report in The Lancet.
  • Its sponsorship of a landmark virtual 2021 Conference on Climate Change and Health in Small Island Developing States: Focus on the Caribbean that was held in collaboration with Caribbean and international partners.
  • A Climate Change and Health Concentration at YSPH offered to all MPH students.
  • An online Climate Change and Health Certificate program offered to working professionals. The program has produced 700 graduates from 58 countries and nearly every U.S. state.
  • A Program on Climate Change and Health in Connecticut that includes a CDC-funded partnership between YCCCH and the Connecticut Department of Public Health to build capacity in local health departments to address the health effects of climate change.
  • A Clinic in Climate Justice, Law, and Public Health that trains interdisciplinary student teams to carry out applied research or practice projects related to the clinic’s theme.
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