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.

Update: Cancelled due to weather

Due to the inclement weather we had this week, we cancelled this month’s breakfast seminar.  We will post updates soon for the next seminar.


Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Please join the Center for Health and the Global Environment (CHanGE) for our monthly Breakfast Seminar.  Our February event will feature CHanGE faculty member Dr. Cory Morin, who will discuss using seasonal climate forecasts to develop an early warning system for dengue fever risk in Central America and the Caribbean.

Date:                    Thursday, February 14th, 2019
Time:                    8:00 to 9:00 am
Location:             Roosevelt 1 Building, Fishbowl conference room
(4225 Roosevelt Way, Suite #100 – through revolving doors, on your left. Buzz to be let in; conference room is at the top of the stairs.)


Beverages (coffee/tea) and a light breakfast will be provided.  Please RSVP to help us plan our order and accommodate all participants.

Cory Morin is an acting assistant professor in the Department of Global Health in the Center for Health and the Global Environment (CHanGE). His research uses data-driven, process-based models to simulate mosquito population and virus transmission dynamics with the aim of identifying climate and meteorological conditions that facilitate epidemics. Cory’s recent work has focused on Aedes mosquito transmitted pathogens including the dengue and Zika viruses and incorporating weather and climate forecasts into models for disease prediction.

There is a growing recognition that weather and climate have a significant impact on infectious disease ecology. Researchers have been able to identify and model the relationships between environmental conditions and disease risk, however, additional challenges arise in transforming this research into information that can be used by policy makers and public health professionals. This presentation will discuss these challenges and introduce new work being conducted by members of CHanGE to evaluate the use of climate forecasts to drive early warning systems for mosquito-borne diseases.