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​New CU consortium, UC4Health, joins more than 20 faculty members to tackle problems around climate change and health – a critical 21st-century issue
A group of University of Colorado scientists are taking a leadership role to investigate the effects of climate change on health, which has emerged as a dominant issue of this century and beyond.
They are launching education, research and community partnerships with a clear aim: safeguard human health.
 
Dr. Rick Johnson of CU Anschutz
Richard Johnson, MD, Medicine-Renal Medicine Diseases, SOM, is a founding member of UC4Health.
UC4Health (University of Colorado Consortium on Climate Change and Health) has already brought together more than 20 faculty members at CU Anschutz, CU Denver and CU-Boulder to study the broad effects of climate change, including waterborne, foodborne and vector-borne diseases.
 
Only a handful of academic institutions have responded to the issue, said Richard Johnson, MD, professor, Medicine-Renal Medicine Diseases, School of Medicine (SOM) and a founding member of UC4Health. He said CU’s deep and diverse spectrum of health experts and scientists – physicians, climatologists, anthropologists, immunologists, epidemiologists, pediatricians, geneticists, physiologists and more – sets the institution up to be a strong leader in the field.