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WHO WE ARE
THE UCLA CENTER FOR HEALTHY CLIMATE SOLUTIONS PUTS SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH TO WORK.
Our team helps communities adapt and respond to the adverse health effects of climate change. We turn public health research into actionable policies and practices.
While our work extends globally, many of our projects begin in California. We work closely with communities to help people live healthier lives in the midst of the accelerating climate crisis. Our goal is to equip decision makers with site-specific solutions that tangibly benefit their community’s health, economy, and environment while reducing existing inequalities.
With scientific research and our community partners, we are strengthening health and resilience for all people, now and for generations to come.
We see the most promise in solutions that:
- Provide immediate impact while also building long-term infrastructure
- Create health, economic, and environmental benefits
- Protect the public’s health, especially people who are most at risk
DEPUTY DIRECTOR FOR COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS
Diane A. Garcia-Gonzales
Associate Director for Strategic Initiatives
Lyn Stoler, MPH, is a public health practitioner focused on the public health response to climate change. Lyn’s work is focused on engaging stakeholders from different sectors and fields—nonprofits, academic institutions, private companies, and community organizations—in order to achieve mutual climate adaptation goals. Her previous work has spanned public health financial mechanisms, climate change mitigation through direct air carbon capture, and sustainable food systems.
Yu Yu, MD, MSc, MESM, PhD, is a postdoctoral researcher at the Fielding School of Public Health. Her doctoral research was focused on metabolic dysfunction and cognitive impairment associated with air pollution and noise exposures, and also involved investigating how metabolic dysfunctions and personal lifestyle factors modify the influence of environmental exposures on health outcomes. Currently, her postdoctoral research is focusing on examining the health impacts of weather and climate, with an emphasis on extreme heat and wildfires. Her research interests include the investigation of environmental exposure distribution among different groups and the identification of which community groups are at greater risk, for the sake of reducing health threats, eliminating health disparities, improving preparedness and response in communities, and promoting environmental justice.