Bloomberg Law
Aug. 30, 2021, 4:19 PM

HHS Puts Focus on Climate Change, Health Equity with New Office

Shira Stein
Shira Stein

The Health and Human Services Department announced a new office to safeguard the health of people bearing the brunt of climate change, one day after Hurricane Ida hit the Gulf Coast.

The first-of-its-kind Office of Climate Change and Health Equity will focus on protecting “the health of people experiencing a disproportionate share of climate impacts and health inequities,” HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra told reporters Monday.

The announcement followed Hurricane Ida slamming into the Gulf Coast on the 16th anniversary of the first day Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans.

“Wildfires are choking people, wiping out entire towns, worsening the risks of ...

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