The Yale Climate Change and Health Initiative (CCHI)
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. Research interests of CCHI’s 28 Affiliated Faculty include relationships between climate change and infectious diseases, air pollution, heat-related illness, birth outcomes, food insecurity, and violent conflict; public perceptions of and responses to the health risks of climate change; climate and health impacts of greenhouse gas emissions from the healthcare sector; and health co-benefits of climate change mitigation. CCHI has constituted two research Task Forces: China and New England.
Each year CCHI funds a pilot research project for faculty through a competitive process. The first funded project, initiated in July 2016, is entitled “Consequences of climate change for risk of enteric infections: investigating links between hydrology and water-borne disease” (co-Principal Investigators, Dr. Virginia Pitzer, Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases; Dr. Daniel Weinberger, Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases; and Dr. William Boos, Associate Professor, Department of Geology and Geophysics.