Lancet Countdown: Tracking Progress on Health and Climate Change 2018 U.S. Launch

Bringing Together Leaders on Health
and Climate Change to Discuss The New Lancet Countdown
2018 Global Report and companion U.S. Brief


Please join the Lancet Countdown and the American Public Health Association for an exclusive event on November 29, 2018.


The Lancet Countdown: Tracking Progress on Health and Climate Change is an international research collaboration, dedicated to tracking the world's response to climate change, and the health benefits that emerge from this transition. 

This first-ever event will direct attention toward the critical findings and recommendations in the Lancet Countdown: Tracking Progress on Health and Climate Change 2018 global report and the companion U.S. Brief, which will be released on November 28th at 6:30 PM EST. This year, the report’s highlights include a focus on extreme heat and its impact on labor productivity and the spread of disease.

Former EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy will give a special introduction, followed by a discussion of the findings of the 2018 global report and U.S. Policy Brief by the Lancet Countdown authors. Following the authors’ presentation of the reports, there will be a panel discussion with special guests and leading health experts.

At noon, when the morning program concludes, guests are invited to stay at the Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health to enjoy a networking lunch that will conclude at 1 pm.


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November 29, 2018, 8:30 am - 1 pm

The Social Lounge at
Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health
700 2nd St. NE Washington, D.C. 20002

Registration and Breakfast

9:00 am
Opening Plenary Session

  • Keynote Address by Former EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, Director of C-CHANGE (Center for Climate, Health and the Global Environment) at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

9:20 am
Presentation of The 2018 report of the Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change: Shaping the Health of Nations for Centuries to Come and Companion 2018 Lancet Countdown U.S. Brief

  • Dr. Jeremy J. Hess, MD, MPH, Author, Lancet Countdown Global Report

  • Dr. Renee N. Salas, MD, MPH, MS, Lead Author, Lancet Countdown U.S. Brief

10:00 - 10:30 am
Break (Tea and coffee will be served)

10:35 am
Morning Plenary Resumes

10:45 am
Plenary Panel: Health, Healers and Healthcare on a Warming Planet

  • Vann Newkirk, MSPH, (Moderator) Staff Writer, The Atlantic

  • Ashish K. Jha, MD, MPH, Dean for Global Strategy at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Director of the Harvard Global Health Institute

  • Samantha Ahdoot, MD, FAAP, Chair, Virginia Clinicians for Climate Action, Pediatrician, Pediatric Associates of Alexandria

  • Georges Benjamin, MD, Executive Director, American Public Health Association (APHA)

  • Jeannie Economos, Pesticide Safety and Environmental Health Project Coordinator for the Farmworker Association of Florida

11:40 am
Closing Keynote Address by the Honorable Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA-27)

12:00 - 1:00 pm
Networking Lunch


This event was made possible through financial contributions from:

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