Climate Change

NEHA Climate Change Committee

NEHA Climate Change Committee

The Climate Change Committee Mission: To be a resource in addressing the environmental and public health impacts from climate change. The Climate Change Committee Goals:

1. Ensure NEHA members have basic climate science information

2. Develop, share, review, and disseminate resources on climate change policies, programs, and best practices to support NEHA, EH professionals, and the public

3. Identify and recommend the needs of the profession, training gaps, challenges, and emerging issues

4. Guide and provide input on NEHA’s climate change programs and projects


NEHA Climate Change Committee Members

Richard Valentine
NEHA Climate Change Technical Advisor and Committee Chair,

Director, Air Quality Bureau
Salt Lake County Health Dept.
Salt Lake City, UT

Felix I. Zemel, MCP, MPH, DrPH(c), CBO, RS, DAAS
Committee Co-Chair

Pracademic Solutions
Needham, MA

Vanessa T. DeArman
Project Coordinator
NEHA, Program & Partnership Development
Denver, CO

Christine Ortiz Gumina, MPH
Project Coordinator
NEHA, Program and Partnership Development
Washington, DC

Tania M. Busch Isaksen, REHS, PhD, MPH
Lecturer, Dept. Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences
University of Washington, School of Public Health
Seattle, WA

Kathleen Johnson, MPH
Senior Program Coordinator
Public Health Division, Environmental Health
Washington County Dept. of Health and Human Services
Hillsboro, OR

R. Steven Konkel, PhD, MCP, AICP, FRIPH
Principal, Konkel & Associates
Professor, Sr. Research Fellow, Visiting Assoc. Professor
University of Alaska, College of Business and Public Policy
Anchorage, AK

Niki Lemin, MS, RS/REHS, MEP
Director of Environmental Health
Assistant Health Commissioner
Franklin County Public Health
Columbus, OH

Jennie W. McAdams, MPH
Health Promotion & Community Engagement Supervisor
Franklin County Public Health
Columbus, OH

Leon F. Vinci, DHA, MPH, RS
Founder & CEO
Health Promotion Consultants
Roanoke, VA

EH Topics: 

Additional Resources

Partner Resources: ecoAmerica and Climate for Health

ecoAmerica and Climate for Health Resources

Empowering health leaders to act on climate change.


Research, Guides, and Fact Sheets

Let’s Lead on Climate - Hear from local community, health, and faith leaders across the U.S. who are successfully engaging their constituents in programs and initiatives that promote climate leadership, action, and solutions.

Download Document (PDF)


Let’s Talk Health and Climate: Communication Guidance for Health Professionals - This guide combines values research, communications, and specific messaging into a single resource, so you can learn how to create messaging that truly resonates with your audience.

Download Document (PDF)


Let’s Talk Climate: Messages to Motivate U.S. Latinos - Environmental health professionals are uniquely positioned in local communities to be the nexus of climate change leadership. NEHA encourages you to share and use this report to activate Latinos on solutions and amplify your voice on the important message of climate change that crosses national and cultural boundaries.

Download Document (PDF)


Mental Health and Our Changing Climate: Impacts, Implications, and Guidance - Learn about the links between physical, mental, and community health and how climate impacts each.

Download Document (PDF)


Fact Sheets 

Fact sheets created by ecoAmerica, APHA, and supporting partners:

Climate Change Mental Health

Changing Climate Through Healthy Community Design and Transportation

Climate Changes Allergies and Asthma

Climate Changes Children’s Health


American Climate Perspectives: 2017 Annual Summary

This report synthesizes the key trends on Americans’ awareness and attitudes regarding climate change and solutions.

Downlowd Document (PDF)


Success Stories

Climate for Health has brought together leaders from across the country to tell their stories about how they made climate change a priority in their organizations and in their communities.


Tools to Make an Impact

Tools to boost recycling, minimize waste, improve disposal, sustainable transportation, conserve water, landscape with native plants, serve local and seasonal food, procure sustainable goods and services, produced or purchase sustainable energy, and improve your facility’s energy efficiency.

EH Topics: 

PEPH Webinar: Wildfires and Health

PEPH Colleagues,

With the recent wildfires in California and elsewhere, we are reminded of their destructive power and their adverse effects on human health and safety.

Researchers and public health professionals have a pivotal role to play in studying wildfires and mitigating their impacts. Sign up today for our webinar on this important topic.