Climate Change

EPA Tools and Resources Webinar: Wildfires

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 have significant health implications for those nearby as well as those living farther downwind of the smoke. EPA offers a suite of wildland fire resources that can be used by state environmental and public health agencies to help communicate health risks and ways to reduce exposure with the public before, during and after smoke events.

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


To be a resource in addressing the environmental and public health impacts from climate change. 


NEHA’s Climate Change Committee is comprised of public and private sector environmental health and climate change experts working in partnership to provide outcomes in the following priority areas:

  • Ensure NEHA members have basic climate science information.
  • Develop, share, review, and disseminate resources on climate change policies, programs, and best practices to support NEHA, EH professionals, and the public.
  • Identify and recommend the needs of the profession, training gaps, challenges, and emerging issues.
  • 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 November 5th, 2021.


Here are a few of the recent activities and products that the committee has developed.

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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)

NEHA's President's Column: The Impacts of Climate Change Are at Our Doorstep!

Please see NEHA's President's column in its November 2018 Journal of Environmental HealthThe Impacts of Climate Change Are at Our Doorstop. The column stresses the need for the environmental health profession to address the impacts of climate change on our work in areas such as air, water, vector control, food, safety, and the built environment.

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.

Climate and Health Blogs: 

As part of its partnership with ecoAmerica’s Climate for Health, NEHA is contributing blogs on climate change.

December 2018: NEHA’s Declaration on 100% Clean Energy by 2030 written by NEHA Staff.

October 2018: NEHA and Climate for Health Release New Video Addressing Climate Change Impacts & Solutions written by NEHA Staff and members of NEHA's Climate Change Committee. 

August 2018: Climate Change and the Built Environment: It’s Time to Make Changes written by Felix I. Zemel, MCP, MPH, DrPHc, Co-Chair of NEHA's Climate Change Committee.

June 2018: Humans Have a Right to Clean Air and a Healthy Climate written by Richard Valentine, NEHA’s Climate Change Technical Advisor and Chair of its Climate Change Committee.

May 2018: NEHA Members’ Climate and Health Awareness: Challenges, Growth, and Solutions written by NEHA staff. The blog is written based on NEHA's Climate Metrics Survey results report in partnership with ecoAmerica and Climate for Health.

February 2018: Honoring Our Heritage, Leaving a Legacy: Environmental Health and Climate Change written by NEHA's Climate Change Committee member, Richard Hicks.

Please see other related climate change blogs.


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

U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit: Tribal Nations

WHO, Climate Change and Human Health

White House Summit on Climate Change and Health

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