Jackson MA Student Matthew Burnett is among 20 Yale students that have been named Climate Change and Health Initiative (CCHI) Associates for the 2018-19 academic year. CCHI, a program based at the Yale School of Public Health, draws on the expertise of Yale faculty across disciplines to address one of the greatest public health and policy challenges of the 21st century: climate change. Student Associates engage with experts in climate and health, host cross-disciplinary discussions and seminars, support CCHI initiatives and events, and are eligible to apply for funding to attend conferences.

The Associates come from a wide range of academic areas in Yale College and the graduate and professional schools, including the schools of Public Health, Medicine, Forestry and Environmental Studies, Law, Management, Divinity, and divisions of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, including Engineering and Applied Sciences, and the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs.

A first-year MA student at Jackson, Burnett is passionate about solving interdisciplinary problems in international development, particularly at the intersection of public health, economics, and the environment. Most recently, he has been working on antimicrobial resistance, emerging pandemic threats, and sustainable livestock agriculture at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in Rome.

The Associates will collaborate with Dr. Robert Dubrow (CCHI Faculty Director), Dr. Martin Klein (CCHI Executive Director), and Saskia Comess (CCHI Graduate Fellow) on climate and health related events throughout the year. Four former associates, Cassie Clark (School of Public Health, Environmental Health Sciences), Emilie Davis (School of Public Health, Environmental Health Sciences), Jonathan Held (Forestry & Environmental Studies), and Sarah Meller (School of Medicine, Neuroscience), will serve as advisors and mentors to the Associates.