Making Climate Change a Health Imperative

Our Climate for Health program partners with America’s leading health associations and institutions to make climate change a top national health priority. Through Climate for Health, ecoAmerica helps national organizations:

  • Demonstrate Visible Climate Leadership
  • Create Climate Literate Health Professionals
  • Engage All Constituencies
  • Accelerate Collective Action

Visit our Climate for Health website.

Climate for Health Leaders

We are pleased to welcome nationally renowned health professionals in our leadership circle.  These leaders are uniquely positioned to spur climate solutions within their organizations, and educate the public and policymakers to amplify caring for our climate to care for our health.

Dr. Laura Anderko PhD RN
Professor and Endowed Chair
Georgetown University
Washington, DC
Dr. Norman Anderson
CEO and Executive Vice President, Ex Officio
American Psychological Association
Washington, DC
Dr. Georges Benjamin
Executive Director
American Public Health Association
Washington, DC
Dr. Regina Benjamin
18th U.S. Surgeon General, Ex Officio
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
New Orleans, LA
Dr. Lisa Campbell, PHNA-BC
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Nursing
Lubbock, TX
Anabell Castro Thompson
Senior Vice President
Equity, Diversity, Inclusion at Equality Health
Phoenix, AZ
Gary Cohen
Co-founder, President, and Executive Director
Health Care Without Harm
Reston, VA
Dr. David T Dyjack
Executive Director
National Environmental Health Association (NEHA)
Denver, CO
Dr. Arthur C. Evans, Jr., Ph.D
American Psychological Association
Philadelphia, PA
Dr. Howard Frumkin
Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences
University of Washington, School of Public Health
Seattle, WA
Kathy Gerwig
VP, Environmental Stewardship Officer
Kaiser Permanente
Oakland, CA
Barbara Gottlieb
Director, Environment & Health
Physicians for Social Responsibility
Washington, DC
Kate Huffling
Executive Director
Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments (ANHE)
Hyattsville, MD
Dr. Richard Jackson
UCLA Fielding School of Public Health
Los Angeles, CA
Dr. Philip Landrigan
Dean for Global Health
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
New York City, NY
Jay Lemery
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine
University of Colorado School of Medicine
Aurora, CO
Dr. Jeffrey Levi
Department of Health Policy, The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services
Washington, DC
Frank Loy
Board Member and Chair, Ex Officio
Washington, DC
Diane J. Mancino
Executive Director
National Student Nurses' Association, Inc.
Leyla McCurdy
National Environmental Health Consultant
Senior Advisor, Children's Environmental Health Network
Washington, DC
Dian Palmer
SEIU Healthcare Wisconsin
Milwaukee, WI
Dr. Jonathan Patz
Global Health Institute, University of Wisconsin
Washington, DC
Dr. Elena V. Rios
President & CEO
National Hispanic Medical Association
Washington, DC
Dr. Linda Rudolph
Director, Climate Change and Public Health
Public Health Institute
Oakland, CA
Dr. Mona Sarfaty
Director, Program for Climate and Health
George Mason University, Center for Climate Change Communication
Fairfax, VA
Kathy Sessions
Health & Environmental Funders Network
Silver Spring, MD
Dr. Fan Tait
Chief Medical Officer
American Academy of Pediatrics
Elk Grove Village, IL
Dr. Catherine Thomasson
Executive Director Emeritus
Physicians for Social Responsibility
Washington, DC
Dr. Lise Van Susteren
Lucky Planet Foods
Washington, DC
Jim Whitehead
Executive Vice President/CEO
American College of Sports Medicine
Indianapolis, IN
Nsedu Obot Witherspoon
Executive Director
Children’s Environmental Health Network
Washington, DC
Climate for Health Partners

Our partnerships with these prominent health institutions and associations help us to engage the 270 million Americans who interact with health professionals each year.

American Academy of Pediatrics


Create your climate change purpose statement and storyline

Make the Path to Positive pledge

Form a climate solutions committee

Create your communications strategy

These are just a few of the many resources offered to inspire and empower health and climate leadership. Go to Climate for Health to get the full suite.

For more information about our Climate for Health program, please contact Leyla McCurdy, Senior Director of Climate for Health.

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