APHA launches the Year of Climate Change and Health

Climate change is a serious threat to human health. APHA is leading a new initiative to reduce its effects.


  1. Growing science that shows humans are at risk from climate change has prompted APHA to declare 2017 the Year of Climate Change and Health.
  2. At APHA's 2016 Annual Meeting and Expo in Denver, APHA Executive Director Georges Benjamin, MD, announced that 2017 is the Year of Climate Change and Health, featuring events, actions and education on the ways climate can make us less healthy. The observance is building up to APHA's 2017 Annual Meeting and Expo Nov. 4-8 in Atlanta, which has a theme of "Creating the Healthiest Nation: Climate Changes Health."
  3. Climate change is not a matter of opinion. The science is clear that climate change is happening now.
  4. Science shows that climate change poses a serious threat to public health. Changes in the earth’s climate can cause damage to water supplies, increase the likelihood of vector-borne diseases and increase the frequency of dangerous weather events, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  5. Rising rates of climate-related health issues such as asthma and allergies, respiratory disease, cholera, Zika, malaria and dengue are increasingly causing harm to human health.
  6. Climate change affects different communities in different ways. “The elderly, the poor, those with chronic illness and low-income communities that are disproportionately composed of people of color are at the greatest risk from injury, disease and death related to climate change,” said Jalonne White-Newsome, a senior program officer with the Kresge Foundation’s Environment Program, in a news release.