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) has joined forces with Putney Pre-College, an initiative of Putney Student Travel, to launch a youth summer program on climate and public health this July.

Part of the Center’s 25th anniversary, the Harvard Chan C-CHANGE Youth Summits will train 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 combine 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 are available for underrepresented students and communities to empower the next generation of climate and public health leaders. The scholarship deadline is May 22nd. Apply today! 

Confronting Climate Realities with Concrete Action

Sunday, July 18 –  Saturday, July 24

Join like-minded high school students, engaging educators, and inspiring mentors this summer for a climate change program with Putney Pre-College at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Choose an Action Focus and delve into climate issues related to your interests, strengths, and passions. Gain perspective from world leaders and politicians. Meet inspiring advocates, scientists, renewable energy innovators, and entrepreneurs at the forefront of addressing the climate crisis. Engage with themes such as health, energy, water, transportation, and agriculture, and, over the course of the program, develop a capstone project focused on transforming your ideas into action.

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Tackling Public Health Challenges to Address Inequities and Climate Realities

Sunday, July 25 – Saturday, July 31

Dive into issues of public health alongside peers, educators, and leading professionals from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health on this high school summer program. Choose an Action Focus based on your interests and explore how public health is intertwined with racial and social justice, economics, and climate change. Gain perspective from scientists, world leaders, and politicians about the COVID-19 pandemic and the challenges and opportunities for navigating global public health issues. Engage with themes such as climate, pandemics, public policy, and air and water quality over the course of the program and develop a capstone project to transform your 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

Michelle Williams

Michelle A. Williams, MS, ScD

Dean of the Faculty, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health


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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 at Harvard Medical School

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Marcia Castro

Marcia Castro MA, PhD

Andelot Professor of Demography Global Health and Population

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

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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

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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 at the University of Washington

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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 Chan School and Harvard Kennedy School

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Natalia Linos

Natalia Linos MSc, ScD

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


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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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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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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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