Climate and Health
Equity Fellowship (CHEF)

We train doctors of color to become leaders in promoting equitable climate and health education, advocacy, and policy solutions.

The Climate and Health Equity Fellowship was launched in 2021 in partnership with the National Medical Association (NMA) recognizing that climate change is both a health emergency and a major health equity issue. Throughout the U.S. there is a need for more diversity in climate and health leadership and a sharper focus on equitable climate solutions. The goal of the Fellowship is to empower doctors of color from populations that face greater burdens from climate effects and are under-represented in medicine to become leaders in climate and health equity education, advocacy, and policy solutions.

 

2023 Climate & Health Equity Fellowship Annual Report

Meet Our Fellows

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Agustin Rivas, MD

Agustin Rivas, MD

Pediatrics | Miami, FL | National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA)

Aisha Harris, MD

Aisha Harris, MD

Family Medicine | Flint, MI | National Medical Association (NMA)

C. Freeman, MD

C. Freeman, MD

Psychiatry | Los Angeles, CA | National Medical Association (NMA)

Carla Wright, MD

Carla Wright, MD

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation | Milwaukee, WI | National Medical Association (NMA)

Donna Kiel, MD

Donna Kiel, MD

Anesthesiology | New York, NY | National Medical Association (NMA)

Joniqua Ceasar, MD

Joniqua Ceasar, MD

Internal Medicine and Pediatrics | Baltimore, MD | National Medical Association (NMA)

Martina Kamaka, MD

Martina Kamaka, MD

Family Medicine | Honolulu, HI | National Council of Asian Pacific Islander Physicians (NCAPIP)

Alfred Glover

Alfred Glover

Alfred Glover, DPM | Podiatry | Los Angeles, CA | National Medical Association (NMA)

Anna Lizama Clark

Anna Lizama Clark

Anna Lizama Clark, MD | Obstetrics and Gynecology | Orlando, FL | National Medical Association (NMA)

Brianna Clark

Brianna Clark

Brianna Clark, DO | Family Practice | Kingwood, TX | National Medical Association (NMA)

Cheryl Holder

Cheryl Holder

Cheryl Holder, MD | Internal Medicine | Pembroke Pine, FL National Medical Association (NMA)

Denise Powell

Denise Powell

Denise Powell, MD | Pediatrics | Bay St. Louis, MS | National Medical Association (NMA)

Earl Stewart, Jr.

Earl Stewart, Jr.

Earl Stewart, Jr., MD| Internal Medicine | Smyrna, GA American College of Physicians (ACP) & National Medical Association (NMA)

Esmeralda E. Morales

Esmeralda E. Morales

Esmeralda E. Morales, MD | Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine | Palo Alto, CA | National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA)

George Crawford

George Crawford

George Crawford, MD | Surgery | Anniston, AL | National Medical Association (NMA)

Julian L. Watkins

Julian L. Watkins

Julian L. Watkins, MD | Internal Medicine | New York City, NY Health Professionals Advancing LGBTQ Equality (GLMA) & National Medical Association (NMA)

Marcos A. Moreno

Marcos A. Moreno

Marcos A. Moreno, MD | Psychiatry | New Haven, CT Association of American Indian Physicians (AAIP), American College of Physicians (ACP), & National Medical Association (NMA)

Marcus Kawika Iwane

Marcus Kawika Iwane

Marcus Kawika Iwane, MD | Internal Medicine | Kapolei, HI National Council of Asian Pacific Islander Physicians (NCAPIP) & American College of Physicians (ACP)

Francis Samonte

Francis Samonte

Francis Samonte, MD, PhD | he/him Pediatrics | Boston, MA | American Medical Association (AMA)

Gerri Cannon-Smith

Gerri Cannon-Smith

Gerri Cannon-Smith, MD, MPH | she/her/hers Pediatrics | Brandon, MS | National Medical Association (NMA)

Jessica Edwards

Jessica Edwards

Jessica Edwards, DO | she/her/hers Family Medicine | Austin, TX | National Medical Association (NMA)

Jessica Isom

Jessica Isom

Jessica Isom MD, MPH Psychiatry | Dorchester, MA | National Medical Association (NMA)

Nicole Mahealani Lum

Nicole Mahealani Lum

Nicole Mahealani Lum, DO Family Medicine | Honolulu, HI | National Council of Asian Pacific Islander Physicians (NCAPIP)

Nneoma Nwachuku Ojiaku

Nneoma Nwachuku Ojiaku

Nneoma Nwachuku Ojiaku, MD, MPH | she/her/hers Obstetrics & Gynecology | Sacramento, CA | National Medical Association (NMA)

Pragya Rai

Pragya Rai

Pragya Rai, MD | she/her/hers Pediatric Pulmonology | Spokane, WA | American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)

Rene Settle-Robinson

Rene Settle-Robinson

Rene Settle-Robinson, DPM | she/her/hers Podiatry | Milwaukee, WI | National Medical Association (NMA)

Ricardo Correa

Ricardo Correa

Ricardo Correa, MD, EdD | he/him/el Internal Medicine | Cleveland, OH | GLMA, ACP, & NHMA

Torrence Barry Nicholson

Torrence Barry Nicholson

Torrence Barry Nicholson, MD | he/him/his Family Medicine | Coy, AL | National Medical Association (NMA)

Tracey L. Henry

Tracey L. Henry

Tracey L. Henry, MD, MPH, MS | she/her/hers Internal Medicine | Atlanta, GA | American College of Physicians (ACP)

Yvonne Collins

Yvonne Collins

Yvonne Collins, MD | she/her/hers Gynecologic Oncology | Oak Park, IL | National Medical Association (NMA)

The program has been effective and instrumental in increasing my knowledge on climate change and health equity as well as my ability to advocate for marginalized communities.

– Steven Houser, MD

Phenomenal program. I recommend all physicians get climate certified.

– Linda Walden, MD

Growing up in Hawaii, climate change and environmental justice have always been important concerns to me and my family…..The CHEF program gave me the tools, mentorship, and medical community to help me develop my skills in education and advocacy on climate change and health equity.

– Nicole Mahealani Lum, DO

Excellent fellowship, I really enjoy networking and learning. It (the Fellowship) really cares about black and brown communities and how we can improve their health using climate justice.

– Ricardo Correa, MD, EdD

Fellows In Action

Articles, videos, policy resolutions, and additional publications by our current and former fellows.

Op-Eds
Publications
Videos
Policy Resolutions

Climate & Health Equity Fellowship – Partners & Sponsors

Our partners include the National Medical Association, American College of Physicians, American Medical Association, National Hispanic Medical Association, Health Professionals Advancing LGBTQ Equality, National Council of Asian Pacific Islander Physicians, Association of American Indian Physicians, and the American Public Health Association.

Climate & Health Equity Fellowship – Our Funders

This program is made possible with the generous support of our funders: Johnson & Johnson, Energy Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Virginia Sea Grant, American Public Health Association, American Medical Association, and American College of Physicians.