Harvard Chan C-CHANGE Youth Summits on Climate Change and Public Health

07/18/2021 | Two week-long summer courses in Boston, MA

The Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (Harvard Chan C-CHANGE) joined forces with Putney Pre-College, an initiative of Putney Student Travel, to host the inaugural youth summer program on climate and public health in July 2021.

As part of the Center’s 25th anniversary, the Harvard Chan C-CHANGE Youth Summits trained students to be leaders in their communities through workshops, field-based activities, and meetings with scientists, health and policy experts, academics, energy innovators, and more.

The Youth Summits combined Putney’s extensive history of designing educational and innovative student programs with Harvard Chan C-CHANGE’s academic expertise and thought leadership on climate and health.

Full and partial need-based scholarships were provided for underrepresented students and communities to empower the next generation of climate and public health leaders. 

Confronting Climate Realities with Concrete Action

Sunday, July 18 –  Saturday, July 24

Like-minded high school students joined engaging educators and inspiring mentors in July 2021 for a climate change program with Putney Pre-College and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The students chose an Action Focus and dove into climate issues related to their interests, strengths, and passions. The students gained perspective from world leaders and politicians, met with inspiring advocates, scientists, renewable energy innovators, and entrepreneurs at the forefront of addressing the climate crisis. The students engaged with themes such as health, energy, water, transportation, and agriculture, and developed a capstone project focused on transforming their ideas into action.

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Tackling Public Health Challenges to Address Inequities and Climate Realities

Sunday, July 25 – Saturday, July 31

High school students dove into issues of public health alongside peers, educators, and leading professionals from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The students chose an Action Focus based on their interests and explored how public health is intertwined with racial and social justice, economics, and climate change. They gained perspective from scientists, world leaders, and politicians about the COVID-19 pandemic and the challenges and opportunities for navigating global public health issues. The students engaged with themes such as climate, pandemics, public policy, and air and water quality and developed a capstone project to transform their ideas into action.

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This program was developed thanks to the support of Gina McCarthy, now the National Climate Adviser to the Biden/Harris Administration and former Director of Harvard Chan C-CHANGE.

Check it out: Two of our speakers—Nadia Nazar, Co-founder of Zero Hour and Skye Flanigan, Program Manager at Harvard Chan C-CHANGE—were featured on CBS Baltimore. Watch now

 

Guest Speakers

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S. Bryn Austin, ScD

Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
Research Faculty in the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine, Boston Children’s Hospital

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Gaurab Basu

Gaurab Basu MD, MPH

Primary Care Physician and Co-Director of the Center for Health Equity Education and Advocacy at Cambridge Health Alliance

Instructor, Harvard Medical School

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Dr. Aaron Bernstein

Aaron Bernstein MD, MPH

Interim Director, Harvard Chan C-CHANGE

Pediatric Hospitalist, Boston Children’s Hospital

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School

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Marcia Castro

Marcia Castro MA, PhD

Andelot Professor of Demography

Chair, Department of Global Health and Population Global Health and Population, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

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Ilana Cohen

Ilana Cohen

Climate journalist
Harvard College student

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Philip Dahlin

Philip Dahlin

Global Director of Sustainability, Johnson & Johnson

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Francesca Dominici

Francesca Dominici, PhD

Clarence James Gamble Professor of Biostatistics, Population and Data Science, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Co-Director of the Data Science Initiative, Harvard University

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Caleb Dresser

Caleb Dresser, MD, MPH

Climate and Human Health Fellow Harvard Chan C-CHANGE
Emergency Medicine Physician, Harvard Medical Faculty Physicians at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

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Mark Elliot from The Weather Channel

Mark Elliot

Storm Specialist and On-Camera Meteorologist, The Weather Channel

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Jerome Foster

Jerome Foster II

Executive Director & Founder, One Million of Us

Youth Activist, President Biden’s White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council

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Howard Frumkin

Howard Frumkin MD, DrPH, MPH

Former Director of the National Center for Environmental Health at the CDC

Professor Emeritus of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, University of Washington

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Chris Golden

Christopher Golden, PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor of Nutrition and Planetary Health, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health

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Salvador Gómez-Colón

Climate resilience and youth empowerment advocate

 

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Howard Koh MD, MPH

Former Assistant Secretary for Health for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Professor of the Practice of Public Health Leadership, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Harvard Kennedy School

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Natalia Linos

Natalia Linos MSc, ScD

Executive Director, FXB Center for Health & Human Rights, Harvard University

 

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Katherine E. MacDonald

Katherine E. MacDonald

Director Technology to Market, The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, (NYSERDA)

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John McDonough

John E. McDonough, DrPH, MPA

Professor of Public Health Practice in the Department of Health Policy & Management
Director of Executive and Continuing Professional Education, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

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Nadia Nazar

Nadia Nazar

Founder, Co-Executive Director, & Art Director, Zero Hour 

 

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Jeff Nesbit

Jeff Nesbit

Director, Climate Nexus

 

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Erin O'Brien

Erin O'Brien

Director at Process Chemistry group, Biogen

 

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Carl Parker from the weather channel

Carl Parker

Hurricane and Storm Specialist, The Weather Channel

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Regan J. Plekenpol

Regan J. Plekenpol, MPH

Student Ambassador, Harvard Chan C-CHANGE
Graduate of the Nutrition Department, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

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Siona Prasad

Siona Prasad

A.B. Candidate in Computer Science, Harvard College

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Renee Salas

Renee N. Salas MD, MPH, MS

Yerby Fellow, Harvard Chan C-CHANGE

Affiliated Faculty, Harvard Global Health Institute

Emergency Medical Physician, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School

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Jeffrey Sanchez

Jeffrey Sánchez

Former member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives

 

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Sanjay Seth

Sanjay Seth

Climate Resilience Program Manager, City of Boston

Roger Shapiro

Roger Shapiro, MD, MPH

Associate Professor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Associate Professor of Immunology and Infectious Diseases, Harvard School of Public Health

 

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Governor Peter Shumlin

Governor Peter Shumlin

81st Governor of Vermont

Menschel Senior Leadership Fellow, Department of Health Policy and Management, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Co-Director, Putney Student Travel

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Secretary Kathleen Theoharides

Secretary Kathleen A. Theoharides

Secretary, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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Vish Viswanath

K. “Vish” Viswanath, PhD

Lee Kum Kee Professor of Health Communication in the Department of Social and Behavioral Science, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health

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Chris Wheat

Chris Wheat

Director, George J. Stigler Center for the Study of the Economy and the State, The University of Chicago Booth School of Business

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