Climate and Health Program

Please join CDC’s Environmental Health Nexus for a webinar on how climate affects health and how communities can prepare. This special webinar will be broadcast on CDC’s Facebook page ( on April 14 at 1 p.m. ET. Closed captioning will be available through Streamtext.


Dr. Patrick Breysse, Ph.D., CIH
Director, National Center for Environmental Health

LCDR Heather Joseph, M.P.H.
Health Scientist, CDC Climate and Health Program

Claudia Brown, M.D.P.
Health Scientist, CDC Climate and Health Program

Eric Lahr, M.Sc.
Health Communication Specialist, CDC Climate and Health Program

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CDC's Climate and Health Program

CDC’s Climate and Health Program is excited to celebrate 10 years of supporting state, tribal, local, and territorial public health agencies as they prepare for specific health impacts of a changing climate. CDC is proud of the collaborative work states, cities, territories, and tribes are doing to develop and implement adaptation plans to protect at-risk populations and locations.

Started in 2010 to fund 10 grantees, CDC’s Climate-Ready States and Cities Initiative is now helping 18 grantees around the nation use the five-step Building Resilience Against Climate Effects (BRACE) framework to identify likely climate impacts in their communities, potential health effects associated with these impacts, and their most at-risk populations and locations. The BRACE framework then helps states develop and implement health adaptation plans and address gaps in critical public health functions and services. The program also has recently created a suite of communication products and guidance to help grantees better communicate with local communities and partners about these climate and health impacts.

In addition, CDC now funds additional partners through the “Building Capacity of the Public Health System to Improve Population Health through National, Nonprofit Organizations” program. Specifically, the National Indian Health Board now funds four tribes (Lummi Nation, Pala Band, Kaw Nation, Sitka Tribe) through this initiative and the Climate-Ready Tribes Program.external icon

While the Climate and Health Program is very excited about our work over the past 10 years, we build on these accomplishments and continue to develop new projects and provide more opportunities for our partners around the nation as they protect their communities from the local health impacts of a changing climate.

Page last reviewed: July 19, 2021