Program members lead a diverse portfolio of research with a shared interest in documenting and minimizing the adverse health impacts of continued climate change. Research areas include:
- Quantifying and minimizing the adverse health impacts of extreme heat in communities across the US;
- Community participatory research to build resilience to extreme heat in Boston area communities;
- Assessing the multi-sectoral risks posed by climate for communities stretching from Philadelphia to Boston;
- Quantifying the health co-benefits due to increases in physical activity and determining the health equity implications of alternative transportation and climate policies across the US Northeast;
- Understanding the adverse health impacts of air pollution from wildfires and prescribed burns;
- Evaluating the impacts of temperature extremes on complications of pregnancy;
- Impact of hurricanes and tropical storms on asthma exacerbations among children with asthma;
- Characterizing heat exposure among workers in Central America.
Our recent publications of note have provided new insights into the health dangers of heat, hurricanes, and wildfires, as well as the health co-benefits of climate actions.
In addition to providing novel research in the areas of climate and health, the Program on Climate and Health places emphasis on translating research into concrete action. We promote collaboration outside the research community by holding panels across many sectors such as journalism, policy and activism. We have released two white papers informing the Biden-Harris transition team on the importance of focusing climate action on health and the need for enhanced environmental justice policy. Members of our group work within the community on mitigation and adaption efforts, and we continue to look for opportunities to see our research into progress.