The Yale Climate Change and Health Initiative (CCHI) utilizes Yale's multidisciplinary expertise and global reach to train future leaders, provide a comprehensive educational program, and catalyze innovative research, all to address one of the greatest public health challenges of the 21st century.

Climate change has profound implications for human health, today and in the future. The 2015 Lancet Commission on Health and Climate Change concluded that:

  • the effects of climate change are being felt today, and future projections represent an unacceptably high and potentially catastrophic risk to human health
  • tackling climate change could be the greatest global health opportunity of the 21st century
  • the health community has a vital part to play in accelerating progress to address climate change

Current or projected health effects of climate change include:

  • increased morbidity and mortality from heat waves, droughts, floods, wildfires, and other natural disasters
  • increased incidence of food-borne, water-borne, and vector-borne diseases
  • increased under-nutrition and food insecurity
  • increased incidence and severity of asthma and other respiratory diseases
  • violent conflict resulting from competition among nations for scarcer resources
  • climate refugees displaced by violent conflict, rising sea levels, or economic scarcity, with associated refugee health issues

Reduced greenhouse gas emissions will result in important health co-benefits:

  • Decreased fossil fuel burning will reduce harmful air pollutants.
  • A shift from animal agriculture (a major source of methane, a potent greenhouse gas) toward plant agriculture will result in a healthier diet.
  • Improved infrastructure for walking, bicycling, and public transportation will increase physical activity.
  • Decreased fossil fuel extraction will reduce occupational and environmental hazards.

Become a Yale Climate Change and Health Initiative Student Associate

The Yale Climate Change and Health Initiative

The Yale Climate Change and Health Initiative (CCHI) utilizes Yale's multidisciplinary expertise and global reach to train future leaders, provide a comprehensive educational program, and catalyze innovative research, all to address one of the greatest public health challenges of the 21st century: climate change. Based at the Yale School of Public Health, and with partners across the University, CCHI offers courses on climate change and health, a speaker series, a climate change leader in residence program, summer internships, leadership training workshops, and pilot research support for faculty. Approximately 30 faculty representing multiple disciplines are affiliated with the initiative.

Expectations

Student associate positions will be offered to a small, highly select group of students. As such the expectations of the associates, while limited, must be taken seriously. Associates attend two Associates Lunches per semester, which they organize, to discuss issues related to climate change and health across disciplines. They attend talks and other events sponsored by CCHI, as well as special CCHI-associate-only discussion sessions with CCHI speakers. Through their coursework, interests, and foci, associates exemplify the attributes of the next generation of climate change and health leaders and serve as ambassadors for the program.

CCHI Student Associates

Student associates are committed to actively engage in issues related to climate change and health. They come from professional and graduate schools, as well as Yale College. They have professional and/or academic experience in areas related to climate change or are highly motivated to learn. They are eager to work and learn in a cross-disciplinary environment. They are self-motivated and take the responsibilities of the program seriously. They will be future leaders.

Benefits

Associates gain broad exposure to issues related to climate change and health, are eligible for mentorship by CCHI affiliated faculty, and join a community of like-minded faculty and students. Associates are connected via an email list and become part of the nucleus of the CCHI community when they graduate.

Next Step

Please send your completed application to Alyssa Parpia (  alyssa.parpia@yale.edu), Yale Climate Change and Health Pre-Doctoral Fellow, by Wednesday, September 21, 2016.