Climate Change and Health Equity Actions

The Department of Health and Human Services is taking actions across all of its divisions to address climate change and health equity priorities.  These are outlined in the current HHS Climate Adaptation and Resilience Plan (CARP).

The Office of Climate Change and Health Equity plays a coordinating role in supporting actions in three broad areas:

  • Protecting the health of all people in the United States from the impacts of climate change, especially those most vulnerable.
  • Enhancing the sustainability and climate resilience of the United States’ health systems.
  • Addressing underlying health disparities by identifying ways in which actions to address climate change and also improve social determinants of health

These are some examples of programs across the Department:

  • NIH Climate and Health Initiative
  • CDC’s Climate and Health Program

HHS seeks input from the public on climate change and health issues:

  • NIH Request for Information: Climate Change and Health
  • Request for Information: AHRQ's Role in Climate Change and Environmental Justice
  • CMS Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; HHS Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2023

Domestic Actions with International Impact

Department-Wide Coordination

Federal Coordination

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