Climate Change Champions

Climate Change Champions


The effects of global climate change are far-reaching, not only affecting the environment but also the health of many communities. Poor air quality, poor water quality, extreme weather events (like droughts and flooding), and poor food safety and security are all linked to global climate change and are detrimental to the health of California’s population. Ethnic communities are significantly more likely to live in areas where the impact of climate change and pollution are greater and are disparately affected by these environmental health problems. 

Program Description

Climate Change and Health is a 2-year statewide initiative focused on increasing provider knowledge about climate change in order to expand the diversity of voices speaking about the impacts of climate change on health. By mobilizing health provider champions, especially within communities of color, this initiative also aims to increase public understanding about that climate change is an important public health issue and to build public support for climate change solutions.

The CMA Foundation and NEPO have been awarded this grant in partnership with the Public Health Institute and the National Medical Association.

With the help and leadership of health providers and local ethnic physician organizations, we hope to increase the relevancy of the climate change message to the cultural experience of communities of color.

Ways to Get Involved

The CMA Foundation believes that health providers play a vital role in protecting the health of their communities by lending their credible voices. Each of our 30 Champions has committed to performing tangible activities to impact change at the community level. These activities include:
  • Authoring an Op-Ed.
  • Giving a radio or a television interview, specifically targeting ethnic media.
  • Giving in-person presentations.
  • Introducing climate change resolutions within organized medicine.

Interested in being a physician Champion? See our Champion Action Sheet to learn more about suggested activities or complete our Climate Change Champion Activity Survey.

Provider Resources

In order for Climate Change and Health Champions to be effective in educating their communities about the impacts of climate change on health, we have developed key provider resources are available online. These resources include:

Major events affecting climate change & health include:

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