Climate and Health Champions Recognition Program

The Maricopa County Climate and Health Champions Recognition Programclimate-champions-final was established in 2017 as part of the Bridging Climate Change and Public Health (BCCPH) Strategic Plan in an effort to build community awareness and knowledge about climate health and share information about successful interventions. This countywide recognition program identifies and celebrates local youth, individuals, businesses, and organizations that are taking steps toward implementing sustainable solutions, ecofriendly practices, or policies aimed at improving health and/or improving health equity (through elimination of economic or social barriers to health) that are at risk of climate-sensitive hazards.

Climate-sensitive hazards are exposures such as poor air quality, heat, flooding, drought, wildfires, dust storms, vector-borne disease, etc. that put people’s heath at risk and are influenced by local- to global-scale climate change.


Applications were evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Innovative Approach
  • Reproducibility
  • Impact
  • Health Equity
  • Collaboration
  • Engagement/Service of Vulnerable Populations
  • Length of Project Implementation

Nominations for the 2018 inaugural awards were held from December 2017-April 2018. A total of 15 nominations were received, including eight organizations, four individuals, two youth groups, and one business. To view a list of nominees and read about the award winners, click here.