Surili Patel with Climate Section Award winners

Rachel McMonagle and Surili Patel with Climate Affiliate Award winner

Tackling climate change — one of the greatest health threats of the 21st century — will require innovative action and partnerships. Yesterday, APHA’s Center for Climate, Health and Equity celebrated some of the innovators leading the way.

At APHA’s 2019 Annual Meeting and Expo in Philadelphia, the center honored leaders in the field with two Excellence in Climate Leadership Awards. The APHA International Health Section won for its work on a proposal to empower students and professionals in the U.S. to take action. The effort includes an essay competition that will translate the personal experiences of those affected by climate change into narratives that urge action.

The Maine Public Health Association was also honored for its climate change and public health advocacy. In addition to its own legislative advocacy, the association works directly with communities to train people on how to become advocates for climate action and raise awareness of the global health threat.

APHA’s Center for Climate, Health and Equity is still accepting applications for its Student Champions for Climate Justice Awards through Nov. 17. The center will select up to five college or university students or student groups to create a campus event during National Public Health Week 2020 to highlight climate change, health and equity. Apply today!

Top photo left to right: Ray Martin; Sarah Shannon, chair of the APHA International Health Section; Rose Schneider; and Surili Patel, deputy director of the APHA Center for Public Health Policy. Second photo: Rachel McMonagle, program manager of the APHA Center for Climate, Health and Equity, and Surili Patel present the award to Rebecca Boulos, executive director of the Maine Public Health Association. (Photos by Louise Dettman)