Attend this Summit to engage with others to build a shared understanding of how public health law can and should make our communities healthier and help mitigate climate change.

The 2022 Climate Change and Health Equity Summit will bring together health departments, health care providers, and community-based organizations and others who are working with communities to achieve health equity and develop climate solutions that are centered in a health equity framework.

The effects of climate change impacts all facets of life, and action must be taken now to protect people’s health as climate-related disasters further threaten access to clean air, clean water, healthy soils, safe and nutritious food, stable housing, as well as cultural and economic security. In the midst of extreme weather and climate-related threats, there is an opportunity to reform inequitable systems and laws that have left frontline communities, including many communities of color, more susceptible to health threats. Public health law can help drive a just transition, promote health equity, help mitigate climate change, and make communities more resilient to and prepared for the health impacts of climate change.


Dr. Natasha DeJarnett is an assistant professor in the Christina Lee Brown Envirome Institute at the University of Louisville Division of Environmental Medicine researching the health impacts of extreme heat exposure and environmental health disparities. In addition, she is a professorial lecturer in Environmental and Occupational Health at the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health. Previously, Dr. DeJarnett was interim associate director of Program and Partnership Development at the National Environmental Health Association, leading research, climate and health, and children’s environmental health. She also previously served as a policy analyst at the American Public Health Association (APHA), where she led the Natural Environment portfolio, including air and water exposures along with climate change. Dr. DeJarnett is a member of the EPA’s Children’s Health Protection Advisory Committee, is chair of the Governing Board of Citizens’ Climate Education, a president-elect of the Board of Directors of Physicians for Social Responsibility, chair-elect for APHA’s Environment Section, member of the Advisory Board of APHA’s Center for Climate, Health and Equity, a Board of Directors for the Chestnut Street Family YMCA, a member of the Board of Trustees for the BTS Center, special advisor to the Environmental Health and Equity Collaborative, and a Steering Committee member of the International Transformational Resilience Coalition.

 The 2022 Public Health Law Summit is organized by: