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.



wildfire smoke

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...


Redstone Center's Parks Report garners local media attention

CHI partners at the Sumner M. Redstone Global Center for Prevention and Wellness recently published the Neighborhood Park Service Report.

GW Hospital

GW Medical School approves longitudinal Climate and Health Curriculum

The GW medical School has officially approved climate change as a longitudinal curriculum!

Planet Forward Summit

CHI hosts session at 2023 Planet Forward Summit

Several CHI members, including CHI Director, Dr. Susan Anenberg, CHI Co-Director, Dr. Neelu Tummala, and CHI member, Professor Lisa Palmer, hosted a session at the 2023 Planet Forward Summit.

The CHI’s 2023 Annual Report

annual report cover 2023

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)