Public Health and Climate Crisis in the Indo-Pacific

Bangkok, Thailand
May 23-28, 2022

Representing the fields of environmental science, public health, education, journalism, and disaster preparedness, exchange alumni from countries across the Indo-Pacific and the United States convened in Bangkok, Thailand. Participants discussed how the COVID-19 pandemic exposed regional vulnerabilities in mitigating public health crises and magnified the effects of natural disasters on public health. Sessions throughout the week included data-driven climate change mitigation strategies and risk modeling, community stakeholder engagement, the impact of climate change and public health on underserved and minority communities, agricultural advocacy and strategy through journalism, the mobilization of youth in climate activism, and natural resource management and restoration. After the seminar, through their small grant projects, these exchange alumni will continue their efforts to promote sustainable, equitable action to address the global climate and public health crises.

By the Numbers

59 Alumni Participants




Alumni Participants’ Home Countries

Countries in East Asia, South Asia, the Pacific, and the United States

Small Grant Projects

Small Grant Projects in 7 Countries and 1 U.S. State

Alumni Participants’ Exchange Programs

Exchange Programs