Science policy to advance a climate change and health research agenda in the united states

Jaime Madrigano, Regina A. Shih, Maxwell Izenberg, Jordan R. Fischbach, Benjamin L. Preston

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Climate change is thought to be one of the greatest public health threats of the 21st century and there has been a tremendous growth in the published literature describing the health implications of climate change over the last decade. Yet, there remain several critical knowledge gaps in this field. Closing these gaps is crucial to developing effective interventions to minimize the health risks from climate change. In this commentary, we discuss policy trends that have influenced the advancement of climate change and health research in the United States context. We then enumerate specific knowledge gaps that could be addressed by policies to advance scientific research. Finally, we describe tools and methods that have not yet been fully integrated into the field, but hold promise for advancing the science. Prioritizing this advancement offers the potential to improve public health-related policies on climate change.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number7868
JournalInternational journal of environmental research and public health
Issue number15
StatePublished - Aug 1 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • Climate change
  • Health
  • Policy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pollution
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis


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