The Intersection of Health, Equity and Climate Change
StoryCorps Recordings: How People Are Responding to the Health and Equity Harms of Climate Change
This collection of 10 conversations from across the country capture how climate change is harming health and deepening inequities—and how communities are responding.
Human health and the health of our planet, including the stability of our climate, are intertwined. Climate change is a major threat to any vision of a healthy future.
As our environments change, it harms our health. Health harms from climate change are occurring with increasing frequency and magnitude—from wildfires in the West to stronger, bigger hurricanes and worsening air pollution.
While climate change harms everyone, some people experience greater burden and feel it sooner. Where you live or work, your race, your age, if you have pre-existing health conditions or chronic illness, and your income all influence how deeply environmental changes are felt.
Through the Health and Climate Solutions program, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is working with leaders in communities across the United States to identify, highlight, and learn from smart, effective approaches and solutions that improve health, advance health equity and work to address climate change. These seven grantees, along with grantees across the Foundation, are contributing critical insights into how we can address these three intertwined issues.
SPARCC is investing in and amplifying local efforts to ensure that new investments in community and economic development reduce racial disparities, build a Culture of Health, and prepare for a changing climate.Visit the SPARCC website
A landscape assessment of funding and research at the nexus of climate change and health, based on interviews with leading experts in government, academia, and the nonprofit and private sectors.Read more
Helping build a healthy and equitable future on a rapidly warming planet: Seven communities are advancing health, equity, and climate resilience.