Climate Change

US EPAs Wildfire Smoke Webinar

Exposure to wildland fire smoke is a community health issue that has gained the attention of public health professionals and organizations, especially in states where fires are becoming more frequent and intense. Emissions from wildland fire smoke has significant health implications for those nearby as well as those living farther downwind of the smoke. The US Environmental Protection Agency offers a suite of wildland fire resources that can assist with development of health risk communications strategies to improve public health outcomes.

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's Climate Change Committee is comprised of local, state, federal, and industry professionals with environmental health and climate and health backgrounds.  

Committee Application

Committee applications close on October 31st, 2021.


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

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

Kari Sasportas, MSW, MPH, REHS/RS
Manager, Community Resilience and Preparedness
Cambridge Public Health Department
Cambridge, MA

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


Rosie DeVito, MPH

Project Manager

National Environmental Health Association


Madelyn Gustafson

Project Manager

National Environmental Health Association


Jesse Bliss, MPH

Director PPD Department

National Environmental Health Association

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Additional Resources

NEHA Resources 

Policy Statements:

June 2020: NEHA Climate and Health Position Statement (PDF)

February 2017: NEHA Climate Change Policy Statement (PDF)

4th National Climate Assessment

The National Climate Assessment is a congressional-mandated report released about every four years on what climate change means for the U.S. The report is produced by federal agencies comprising the U.S. Global Change Research Program, a presidential initiative started by President Ronald Reagan and mandated by Congress in the Global Change Research Act of 1990. The findings consolidate key messages and supporting evidence from 16 national-level topic chapters, ten regional chapters, and two chapters that focus on mitigation and adaptation response strategies.

Webinar Recording: NEHA and ecoAmerica: A Sneak-Peek at Two AEC Climate and Health Sessions, May 23, 2018

NEHA and ecoAmerica hosted a webinar to preview two climate and health presentations at NEHA's AEC & Exhibition: Climate for Health Ambassadors Training and the latest NEHA Climate Metrics Survey results. This is an opportunity to get a sneak-peek before the AEC to learn more about these presentations. The Climate for Health Ambassadors orientation provides an overview of the full training program’s content, including a Q&A section. Content includes Climate 101, Climate Impacts on Health, Climate Solutions and Health Benefits, and Communicating on Climate and Health. Please see the Climate for Health Ambassadors Training promotion for more information. Please also see the accompanying webinar slides.


Asthma, Allergies, Chronic Disease, and Climate Change: Healthy Living Healthy Planet Radio

Protecting Food, Air, and Water: Environmental Health: Domestic Preparedness Podcast

AEC Climate Change Sessions and Related Topics

NEHA 2019 AEC Educational Sessions

NEHA 2010 - 2015 AEC Recorded Climate Change and Sustainability Sessions

Articles by Journal of Environmental Health:

April 2017: Reframing Climate Change for Environmental Health

April 2017: A Comparison of Heat Wave Response Plans From an Aged Care Facility Perspective

March 2017: E-Journal Bonus Article: A Study of Parents’ Perception of Air Pollution and Its Effect on Their Children’s Respiratory Health in Nanchang, China

November 2016: An Assessment of Life Cycle Greenhouse Gas Emissions Associated With the Use of Water, Sand, and Chemicals in Shale Gas Production of the Pennsylvania Marcellus Shale

May 2016: Association Between Asthma Hospital Visits and Ozone Concentration in Maricopa County, Arizona (2007–2012)

May 2016: Associations Between Ultrafine Particles and Co-Pollutant Concentrations in the Tampa Bay Area

January/February 2016: The Impact of Extremes in Outdoor Temperature and Sunshine Exposure on Birth Weight

April 2014: 2012 NEHA/UL Sabbatical Report Vulnerability to Potential Impacts of Climate Change: Adaptation and Risk Communication Strategies for Environmental Health Practitioners in the United Kingdom (PDF)

October 2012: Altitude and Environmental Climate Effects on Bronchiolitis Severity Among Children Presenting to the Emergency Department (PDF)

Articles by Dr. David Dyjack:

September 2014: The Implications for Public Health when “Weird Weather” becomes the New Normal

April 2014: Local Public Health Department Funding for Climate Change

March 2014: Water Scarcity: California Drought Prompts Tough Questions for Public Health

Additional Resources 


APHA Climate Change Information

APHA’s Adaptation in Action


CDC Climate and Health

CDC/APHA Climate and Health Meeting, February 16, 2017, Atlanta, GA


NACCHO Climate Change Information

NACCHO Report: Local Health Departments Prepare for the Health Impacts of Climate Change

Other Resources

Climate and Health Innovation Challenge Series

Climate Change Data

Climate for Health

Climate Reality Project

EPA Climate Change Information

United Nations, Sustainable Development Goals

United Nations, Sustainable Development Goals, Climate Change

U.S. Climate & Health Alliance

WHO, Climate Change and Human Health

White House Summit on Climate Change and Health

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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 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.

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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.

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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.

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Emergency Preparedness and Response to Climate Change: The Role of Environmental Health - Learn about how climate change impacts environmental health and the role of environmental health in emergency preparedness and response.

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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.

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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.

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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.