2021 Lancet Countdown U.S. Launch

10/21/2021 | Virtual Event

Please join The Lancet Countdown U.S. Policy Brief Authors and the American Public Health Association for the 2021 Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change U.S. Virtual Launch Event on Thursday, October 21st at 12 PM EDT to explore the 2021 global report and U.S. Brief. Hear about the latest trends in public health and climate change with leading experts in the field.

These highly anticipated annual reports will be released on October 20th at 6:30 PM EDT.


The annual global report tracks the impact of climate change on human health and is a product of more than 100 experts from 40 global institutions, and the companion U.S. Brief is supported by over 70 U.S. institutions, organizations, and centers. The 2021 U.S. Brief highlights the converging health crises of extreme heat, droughts, wildfires, and the unequal burdens of climate change. It also explores how expanding our understanding is essential for the United States’ ability to respond with evidence-informed policy recommendations.

The launch event will include a keynote from U.S. EPA Deputy Administrator Janet McCabe and a Q&A with the Lancet Countdown authors, Renee N. Salas, MD, MPH, MS and Jeremy J. Hess, MD, MPH. It will also feature a conversation between the Director of the forthcoming Fifth National Climate Assessment (NCA5), Allison Crimmins, MS, MPP and the NCA5 Health Chapter lead, Mary Hayden, PhD, MA.

There will be a spirited discussion on ensuring health equity in climate change adaptation and resilience building with the Assistant Director for Environmental Science, Engineering, Policy and Justice at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, Gretchen Goldman, PhD, MS; Amee Raval, MS, Shaneeta Johnson, MD, MBA; and Marcia P. Jimenez, PhD, MS, MA.

You also won’t want to miss a critical conversation between the Interim Director of the newly established Office of Climate Change and Health Equity at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, John Balbus, MD, MPH, and White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council member, Kyle Whyte, PHD; moderated by the Executive Director of the American Public Health Association Georges Benjamin, MD.

Please check The Lancet Countdown U.S. Website for additional updates on speakers and the agenda!

Please address any questions about the event to Paige Knappenberger at pknappenberger@climatenexus.org

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