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Principal Investigator: Liu, Yang
Institute Receiving Award Emory University
Location Atlanta, GA
Grant Number P20ES036110
Funding Organization National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
Award Funding Period 26 Sep 2023 to 31 Aug 2026
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): CHART: OVERALL - PROJECT SUMMARY According to the United Nations, 87% of the U.S. population and 68% of the world population are projected to live in cities by 2050, and climate change will have significant impacts on the health and wellbeing of urban populations especially in under-resourced communities through various pathways. For example, the spatial variation in ambient temperature has been shown to result in heat exposure disparities associated with low- income minority communities. The Emory Climate & Health Actionable Research and Translation (CHART) Center aims to become a hub that will advance and translate research on climate risks to protect the health of under-resourced urban populations. Atlanta, with its unique environmental and health challenges, historical legacy, and longstanding partnerships with community and academic stakeholders, is an ideal location for CHART's central research theme of lowering climate-related disease burdens in under-resourced urban communities. CHART's mission is to generate new knowledge about the health risks associated with climate change in urban areas, particularly those related to heat exposure, and to translate this knowledge into action through equitable partnerships that enhance health. The center has four aims: (1) to develop resources to support CCH research and connect with NIH's CCH Community of Practice; (2) to conduct action-oriented and transdisciplinary CCH research towards the design of future interventions and policy; (3) to leverage the CHART translational research framework to sustain and enrich relationships with community partners; and (4) to advance the growth of CCH research through training and mentorship. By providing infrastructural support, conducting novel research, increasing research capacity, strengthening established community partnerships, and serving as a hub for identifying innovative approaches to address climate change-induced health risks such as heat exposure, CHART will foster mutually beneficial partnership and collaboration with community stakeholders while also attracting talented researchers to sustain and expand the CCH Community of Practice. Ultimately, these efforts will lead to tangible improvements in the health outcomes of under-resourced urban communities in Atlanta, and the center building experience will benefit other cities nationally and worldwide in their pursuit of mitigating the health impact of climate change.
Science Code(s)/Area of Science(s) Primary: 98 - Global Health/Climate Change
Secondary: 03 - Carcinogenesis/Cell Transformation
Publications No publications associated with this grant
Program Officer Abee Boyles