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 supports state, tribal, local, and territorial public health agencies as they prepare for the 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, CDC’s Climate-Ready States and Cities Initiative is now helping 11 grant recipients 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 these jurisdictions develop and implement health adaptation plans and address gaps in critical public health functions and services. Additionally, the program has created a suite of communication products and guidance to help our grant recipients better communicate with local communities and partners about these climate and health impacts.

CDC also funds additional partners through the “Building Capacity of the Public Health System to Improve Population Health through National, Nonprofit Organizations” program. CDC collaborates with the National Indian Health Board to directly fund tribes through the Climate-Ready Tribes Program.external icon

While the Climate and Health Program is very excited about our accomplishments so far, we are building on this work 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: January 11, 2022