Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Climate and Health Program

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) climate and public health framework was established in 2006, and in 2009, CDC formally established its Climate and Health Program. The mission of the Program is to lead efforts to identify vulnerable populations to climate change; to prevent and adapt to current and anticipated health impacts; and to assure that systems are in place to detect and respond to current and emerging health threats.

The core functions of the program are to translate climate change science to inform states, local health departments and communities; to create decision support tools to build capacity to prepare for climate change; and to serve as a credible leader in planning for the public health impacts of climate change.

For example, CDC scientists have developed tools for local emergency planners and decision‐makers to use in preparing for and responding to the threats posed by heat waves in urban areas. With FEMA and NOAA, CDC helped develop the Excessive Heat Events Guidebook released by the EPA in 2006.

The Climate Change and Public Health Program is within the Division of Environmental Hazards and Health Effects of the National Center for Environmental Health. Priority actions and related projects and activities are described for each of the core functions in detail on the CDC website. The website also contains information on the health impacts of climate change, as well as information on recent publications, funding opportunities, CDC Policy, workforce development, and prevention and preparedness.


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Publication Date: 2009

Related Organizations:

  • Centers for Disease Control (CDC)


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