Climate Change

Climate change is the biggest health threat of our lifetimes and will impact vulnerable populations the most significantly. The environmental health field works at this intersection of health and the environment and plays a key role in developing solutions and helping communities adapt to the impacts of climate change.

Climate Health and Adaptation Mitigation Partnership Program

The CHAMP program encourages local jurisdictions to progress toward meeting Healthy People 2030 objectives, promotes health equity by raising awareness of how climate change-associated environmental health hazards disproportionately impact the health of various communities and population groups, and helps to advance CDC's Building Resilience Against Climate Effects (BRACE) framework.   

Through the CHAMP program, we encourage and support local jurisdictions to:

  • Identify unique climate-related health risks
  • Develop responsive climate adaptation plans
  • Implement targeted adaptation actions to protect communities from climate change-related environmental health hazards
  • Become climate champions who actively support local climate and health-related environmental health programming
  • Work through the various phases and activities of the program framework

Participation in CHAMP includes: 

  • Completing an assessment
  • Meeting with our staff
  • Attending a training
  • Evaluation of program plan

Jurisdictions can get involved in this program by emailing us.

Watch our webinar with our pilot jurisdictions sharing their experiences, Addressing the Impact of Climate Change Using the CHAMP Program | YouTube


We are committed to working towards 100% clean energy use by 2030, as outlined in our declaration. We have also published a policy statement supporting funding and education for the environmental health workforce to address climate change.

Climate PolicyDeclaration

Learn More

  • Climate Change Resources & Tools compiled specifically for environmental health professionals, NEHA | Webpage
  • Climate for Health Partnership's program partners with health associations and institutions to make climate change a top national health priority, ecoAmerica | Webpage
  • Climate Change Committee provides resources to address the environmental and public health impacts from climate change, NEHA | Webpage
  • Success Stories, Climate for Health, addressing climate change impacts from Cambridge, Massachusetts; Salt Lake County, Utah; and Franklin County, Ohio environmental health professionals, ecoAmerica | Webpage
  • Building Resilience Against Climate Effects (BRACE) framework, CDC | Webpage