News Release

4 Key Q&As About the Impact of Climate Change on Health Equity

While climate change effects ripple across the world and all populations, it is poised to disproportionately affect people of color, low-income communities, immigrants, and other high-need groups. Many of these groups have historically been exposed to climate hazards due to government policies and discriminatory practices that leave them more vulnerable to adverse climate events like record-breaking heat, wildfires, coastal flooding, and the spread of infectious diseases.

A new KFF brief looks at key questions about the effects of climate change on health equity:

  • Who is at Increased Risk for Negative Health Impacts Due to Climate and Climate Change?
  • Why is a Focus on Climate Change and Health of Growing Importance?
  • What are Current Federal Efforts to Address Climate Change and Health Equity?
  • How Do Climate and Climate Change Affect Health?

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