The Sumner M. Redstone Global Center for Prevention & Wellness



advancing evidence-based policy at the intersection of

Health, Chronic Disease, & Climate Change

Located within the Milken Institute School of Public Health at The George Washington University, the Redstone Center recognizes that chronic disease, health inequities, and climate change are all interconnected and share common drivers. To address these interlinked public health threats, the Redstone Center works within the University and with community partners to support research, share expertise, and advance evidence-based policy solutions.

Due to its location in the nation’s capital, the Redstone Center is uniquely positioned to influence local, national, and global policy, fostering innovation in the District of Columbia that can be replicated in other places.


Our Current Focus Areas

Sustainable Food Systems

Sustainable food systems provide food and nutrition security while also limiting negative impacts on the environment. A sustainable food system that provides access to nutritious food for all is essential to ending chronic health disparities and addressing the food system's contributions to climate change.


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Chronic Disease Prevention

Chronic disease prevention through healthy community design is an investment in the built environment that improves physical and mental health by decreasing car dependence, promoting physical activity, improving air quality, increasing social connection, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.


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Climate and Health

Climate change has a profound impact on human health, yet the healthcare sector accounts for 8.5% of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. We focus on strategies to reduce the healthcare sector’s contributions to climate change and promote the connection between climate and health.


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Redstone Feature

Neighborhood Park Service:

Strategies to create an equitable and activated park system for the District of Columbia


The District of Columbia is ranked as having the #1 park system in the country. A new report by the Sumner M. Redstone Global Center for Prevention and Wellness counters this narrative with findings that park management by the National Park Service has resulted in great inequities in amenities, maintenance, and park access across the nation’s capital.

The NPS Report identifies several policy recommendations for the District of Columbia, National Park Service, and Congress to advance public health, increase equity, and improve the management of the DC park system.


Opportunities to Work with Redstone

Milken Institute MPH Students

We offer opportunities for students to conduct projects in the community related to our work. Please contact us if you are interested in working on our climate and health priorities for your Practicum or Culminating Experience or to be connected to community partners.

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Community Partners

We accept requests from community organizations seeking research support, policy analysis, and legislative development on topics consistent with our mission. We are particularly interested in supporting local work with the potential for national and global applications.

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