Climate and Health Institute

At the intersection of climate change, human health and equity.

From extreme drought to longer wildfire and pollen seasons, climate change is having a profound impact on human health. In addition, the health burden caused by climate change and its drivers is disproportionate, with some populations more at risk of respiratory and heat-related illnesses, water and food insecurity, disease, forced migration, and other consequences of planetary neglect. GW’s Climate & Health Institute seeks new solutions to global health and equity challenges associated with climate change, and is addressing those challenges through cross-disciplinary research, training, and action.




CHI researchers partner with NASA for online training

CHI Director Dr. Susan Anenberg, and CHI member Dr. Gaige Kerr, partnered with NASA to develop a training on EJ and equity applications of satellite data for AQ

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Dr. Gaige Kerr receives American Meteorological Society Award for Early-Career Professional Achievement

CHI member and EOH Senior Research Scientist, Dr. Gaige Kerr, is recipient of AMS award.

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GWSPH research group's work featured at NASA's new Earth Information Center

Research on air pollution inequality in DC from the GWSPH Air, Climate, and Health lab, led by CHI Director Dr. Susan Anenberg, is featured at NASA's new Earth Information Center.

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CHI members provide expert opinion and guidance on wildfire smoke

Several CHI members, including CHI Director, Dr. Susan Anenberg, CHI member, Dr. Kate O'Dell, and CHI Co-Director, Dr. Neelu Tummala, were very active in the media during the consecutive days of poor...

The CHI’s 2023 Annual Report

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Chartered in May 2021, The George Washington University Climate and Health Institute (CHI) envisions an evidence-based global response by governments and stakeholders to mitigate the climate crisis and equitably improve public health. The CHI is a university-wide collaboration at GW prioritizing cross-disciplinary research, training, and action to address challenges associated with climate change.

The 2023 Annual Report highlights accomplishments of the CHI and its affiliated faculty, staff, and students during the 2022-2023 academic year.

Download the 2023 Annual Report (PDF)