Health in a Changing Climate: A symposium for health professionals

At this educational event for health professionals, CHanGE Director Dr. Jeremy Hess gave a presentation on the global health impacts of climate change.  Additional speakers included Washington State Governor Jay Inslee, and Dr. Jeff Duchin, Health Officer for Seattle and King County Public Health. This event was sponsored by Virginia Mason, Health Care without Harm, Kaiser Permanente, Seattle Children's, Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility, and the Washington State Medical Association, and took place on December 7 at the Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle.



Dr. Jeff Duchin standing at podium

Dr. Jeff Duchin

WA governor Jay Inslee standing at podium

Washington State Governor Jay Inslee

Dr. Jeremy Hess standing at podium

Dr. Jeremy Hess

CHanGE is happy to co-host the following lunch series. Please RSVP to attend!

EarthLab Lunch & Learn Series: Collaborating Across Difference

Join us for lunch and conversation about the skills needed to collaborate across diverse fields and communities.

Co-sponsored by: Center for Global Studies, JSIS, Center for Health and the Global Environment, Urban@UW, Washington Sea Grant, William D. Ruckelshaus Center

Every month, two or more individuals from different backgrounds will share lessons from their collaborative relationship. Such partnerships might include artists collaborating with scientists, researchers collaborating with community members, academics collaborating with practitioners, and researchers collaborating across wide disciplinary divides, such as the sciences and humanities. Speakers will reflect on challenges and opportunities in their collaboration, specific awareness and skills they have developed in order to collaborate, and recommendations for others attempting similar feats. Each event will last two hours. The first hour will consist of a 20-30 minute panel discussion followed by audience Q&A and socializing. The second hour will be an opportunity for students to meet with the panelists and learn from those who are a few steps ahead about how to become collaborative boundary-crossers. We are kicking off the series December 10th with a member of the EarthLab community. We hope to see you there!

December 10th: A Generosity of Spirit: Bridging academic and management norms to create the Social Science for the Salish Sea research agenda

When: Tuesday, December 10 | 12:30-2:30 p.m.
Where: Fisheries (FSH) 106​

PLEASE RSVP to help the organizers with lunch preparations


In the past year, the Social Science for the Salish Sea project convened 40 researchers and practitioners from academic, governmental, non-profit and Indigenous organizations in Washington and British Columbia to scope an action-oriented research agenda to inform ecosystem recovery of our region. The project connected researchers and practitioners with different national, cultural, institutional and disciplinary backgrounds as well as different specialized languages, epistemologies, areas of interest, and workplace norms. Coming together to communicate and agree on a collective research agenda required time, patience, flexibility, expansive thinking, and a generosity of spirit. As co-leads, Breslow and Kintner had many conversations where they grappled with different expectations for the project as an academic and a practitioner. Where academics tend to prioritize new ideas, accuracy, and nuance, practitioners are often required to prioritize mandates, timeliness, and ease of communication. They had to find a balance, deciding what they were willing to forego in order to keep working on the project together while also learning that they both contributed expertise and original ideas as well as grappled in practical ways with real-world problems. Breslow and Kintner worked through their differences in order to facilitate the crafting of a research agenda that could both reflect academic and practitioner priorities and leverage support for environmental social science in the region. Presented by Sara Jo Breslow, Social Science Lead for EarthLab and Leah Kintner, Ecosystem Recovery Manager for the Puget Sound Partnership.


CHanGE announces a leadership change

The Center for Health and the Global Environment (CHanGE), an interdisciplinary center at the University of Washington School of Public Health, is pleased to announce a planned leadership transition. After five years of inaugural leadership, Dr. Kristie L. Ebi, the Center’s founding director, is passing leadership of the center this summer to Dr. Jeremy Hess, who joined CHanGE in 2015 as the center’s co-director.  Dr. Ebi joined the UW in 2014 as the School of Public Health’s strategic hire in the field of global environmental change to found CHanGE. Continuing her work at UW, Dr. Ebi will increase the time she devotes to fieldwork on climate change adaptation activities in low- and middle-income countries in the Pacific, Asia, and Africa, pioneering implementation science for adaptation in low-resource settings, a major priority for the Center. She and Dr. Hess will continue to work together closely.

CHanGE is jointly sponsored by the Departments of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences and of Global Health. The center’s goals are to advance understanding and management of the human health risks posed by global environmental change. CHanGE has grown to become one of the largest centers worldwide in this field. Under Dr. Ebi’s leadership, CHanGE recruited two key faculty members, Drs. Hess and Cory Morin, hosted Dr. Sam Sellers for a two-year post-doc, developed and initiated three new courses -- two on global environmental change and health, and established a graduate certificate in climate change and health.  CHanGE also is a founding member of EarthLab, a UW initiative to help business and society prepare for and manage environmental change.

Since its establishment, CHanGE faculty have mentored 10 MPH and 3 Ph.D. students, and engaged in projects funded by NASA, NOAA, the Wellcome Trust, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the World Health Organization (WHO), the World Bank, the Ren Che Foundation, and the UW Population Health Initiative. CHanGE faculty pursued these activities while contributing substantially to national and international assessments on the health risks of climate change, including the Fourth US National Climate Assessment, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C, the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report, the Lancet Countdown on Climate Change and Health, and the Future Earth Knowledge Action Network.

The leadership transition will be effective on 1 August. Dr. Hess’ initial priorities will include furthering a substantial climate and health presence on campus by updating the CHanGE strategic plan with input from faculty across the health sciences and the wide range of other groups working on climate change at the UW and in the region. He will also be working with CHanGE affiliates to develop a new climate change and health impacts mapping and estimation platform, pursue assessment of the health benefits of climate change mitigation, and build a broad collaborative effort focused on developing, implementing, and evaluating interventions to reduce the health risks of climate change.

CHanGE looks forward to continuing and expanding our relationships with our colleagues across the UW. Please reach out to us at with any questions or suggestions for collaborations.

Preparing for change.

Global Change refers to planetary-scale changes to the Earth system, consisting of oceans, land masses, life, climate, and geological processes. These large-scale environmental changes can interact with development patterns and choices, including population, economics, urbanization, pollution, and resource utilization, to create social, political, and technical challenges to individuals and societies. The scale and velocity of today’s planetary-scale changes are exerting pressure on the natural environment and human societies. Climate change, species extinction, water and food scarcity, and ozone depletion are all interconnected parts of global change.

CHanGE (The Center for Health and the Global Environment) envisions a world of individuals, communities, and nations with the knowledge, capacity, and tools to effectively and efficiently manage the risks global environmental change is presenting to human health and well-being.


We provide in-depth, interdisciplinary training to the next generation of scholars and leaders in global environmental change and health.

Capacity Building

We increase useful and usable knowledge on the health risks of global environmental change. We recommend options to effectively and efficiently manage these risks, bridging the research and policy interface.


We integrate knowledge, data, and perspectives from health, environmental, and social sciences to promote a broad-based understanding of the needs for and opportunities to transition to sustainability.

The University of Washington MetaCenter for Pandemic Preparedness and Global Health Security

The University of Washington MetaCenter for Pandemic Preparedness and Global Health Security
aims to limit the extent of infectious disease epidemics and thereby save lives. We are fostering
a bold, comprehensive, and integrated systems approach spearheaded by top scientists and
practitioners across disciplines that focuses on improving readiness before epidemics hit.

CHanGE members Director Dr. Kristie Ebi, Co-Director Dr. Jeremy Hess, and Acting Assistant Professor Dr. Cory Morin are involved with the MetaCenter.

Read more here.

Due to the UW late start today, we are cancelling this talk and will reschedule for a later date. 


Welcome back for Winter quarter! We are excited to have CIG Deputy Director Jason Vogel as our first speaker of the new year!

An RSVP to is requested (not required) so we can order catering accordingly.  See you then!