Climate and Health Program
There is widespread scientific consensus that the world’s climate is changing. CDC’s Climate and Health Program is the national leader in empowering communities to protect human health from a changing climate. Some of these changes will likely include more variable weather patterns, heat waves, heavy precipitation events, flooding, droughts, more intense storms, sea level rise, and air pollution. Each of these impacts could negatively affect public health. While climate change is a global issue, the effects of climate change will vary across geographic regions and populations. CDC’s Climate and Health Program is helping states, cities, tribes, and territories prepare for the specific health impacts of climate change that their communities will face. Our mission is to:
1. Lead efforts to identify populations vulnerable to climate change.
2. Prevent and adapt to current and anticipated health impacts.
3. Ensure that systems are in place to detect and respond to current and emerging health threats.
CDC uses three strategies to accomplish this mission: building the evidence base, expanding capacity, and telling the story.