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Journal of Health Communication

For a Special Issue on

Climate Communication Challenges: Hazards, Health, Preparedness

Manuscript deadline
31 December 2023

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Special Issue Editor(s)

Ilias Kavouras, PhD, CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy
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Bruce Y. Lee, MD, MBA, CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy
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Brian Pavilonis, PhD, CIH, CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy
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Climate Communication Challenges: Hazards, Health, Preparedness

The relevance of climate change on human health is largely underappreciated across many groups. Communicating the health consequences of climate change can help individuals and communities better prepare, cope and adapt to climate-driven health threats. The multifaceted spatiotemporal scale of climate-driven events, resultant health outcomes and their interplay with societal dynamics and political views pose a significant constraint to communication practices aiming to improve and enhance awareness, prevention, preparedness, coping and adaptation. Misinformation and denial on climate change causality also hinders effective communication about its health impacts.

In collaboration with the New York City Pandemic Response Institute (PRI),  we are seeking original research manuscripts and a limited number of commentaries addressing communication of (1) the multiscale spatial scale and time lag of climate-driven hazards and health effects; (2) the relevance of climate change to human health across diverse sectors and communities and in changing technology landscapes; and (3) co-benefit of health policies, practices, products, and services to climate change and vice versa. They may include (but not limited to) interdisciplinary research on communication strategies, media, message understanding and policy, community engagement to bring together climate science, public health, communication, and other disciplines.

The NYC PRI is a joint initiative of the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy and Columbia University.

About the Guest Editors:

Ilias Kavouras is a professor at the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy (CUNY SPH). His research and teaching focus on the coupling of environmental degradation and human health. Dr. Kavouras is the chair of the Department of Environmental, Occupational and Geospatial Health Sciences and teaches courses in climate change and public health. Prior to CUNY SPH, Dr. Kavouras was affiliated with renowned environmental and public health institutes, where he co-developed methodological and analytical protocols to better understand air pollution, its origin and respiratory health. He is the co-author of over 90 scientific manuscripts.

Bruce Y. Lee, MD, MBA is a professor, systems modeler, AI/computational and digital health expert, entrepreneur, writer, and journalist. Currently, he is a Professor of Health Policy and Management at the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate School of Public Health where he is the Executive Director of the Center for Advanced Technology and Communication in Health (CATCH), PHICOR (Public Health Informatics, Computational, and Operations Research), and the Artificial Intelligence, Modeling, and Informatics for Nutrition Guidance and Systems (AIMINGS) Center. He is also the Chief Technical Officer (CTO) for the Pandemic Response Institute (PRI). Dr. Lee has been the Principal Investigator for over $60 million in grants/contracts from a variety of organizations and agencies including the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research (AHRQ), the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), UNICEF, the Global Fund, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). He has served as a systems science, AI, and computer modeling expert for a range of different entities, including serving on advisory boards and committees for the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM), the World Health Organization (WHO), the NIH, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS), and other organizations. Dr. Lee has authored over 255 scientific publications and three books. Dr. Lee has written extensively for the general media. He is a Senior Contributor for Forbes, covering science, health, medicine, and wellness and having written over 1,600 articles with many of them having been selected as Editors Choices. His articles have been read over 85 million times since January 2019. He is a regular contributor for Psychology Today, where he has a regular blog called "A Funny Bone to Pick"  and has written for a number of other media outlets including The New York Times, Time, The Guardian, STAT, the HuffPost, and the MIT Technology Review.

Brian Pavilonis is an Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental, Occupational, and Geospatial Health Sciences at the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy and Certified Industrial Hygienist. His research focuses on the intersection of work and overall health, focusing primarily on low-wage service workers in the New York City area.

Submission Instructions

Manuscripts should be submitted through the online submission process at the Journal of Health Communication website.

All manuscripts are reviewed upon submission. Manuscripts accepted ahead of the issue’s publication date may be published online. Manuscripts can be submitted any time between the Call for Papers and the Submission Deadline.

Manuscripts should be concise and avoid unnecessary repetition (no more than 5,000 words, exclusive of figures, tables and references.)


  • Acceptance Decisions at or around: February 28, 2024
  • Publication: June 2024

Additional questions regarding submissions, formatting, and Open Access may be directed to Lauren Swan-Potras, Managing Editor:

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