Climate and Health Program

CDC’s Climate and Health Program

Widespread scientific consensus exists that the world’s climate is changing. Some changes that could negatively affect health include more variable weather patterns, heat waves, heavy precipitation events, flooding, droughts, more intense storms, sea level rise, and air pollution. CDC’s Climate and Health Program is the national leader in empowering communities to protect human health from a changing climate.

While climate change is a global issue, the particular health effects will vary across geographic regions and populations. For this reason, our Climate and Health Program is helping states, cities, territories, and tribes prepare for the specific climate-related health impacts their communities will face.

Our program’s mission is to:

  1. Lead efforts to identify populations vulnerable to climate change.
  2. Help communities prevent and adapt to the current and anticipated health impacts of climate change.
  3. Ensure effective systems are in place to detect and respond to these health threats.

CDC accomplishes this mission by building the climate science evidence base, expanding community adaptation capacity, and telling the story of how these efforts are helping communities prepare for and adapt to the health effects of climate change.

Page last reviewed: April 30, 2019