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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Healthy Communities

Healthy communities are supported through design and investments 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

Driving Change: Road Pricing as a Public Health Solution

for the District of Columbia

Traffic adversely affects public health through air pollution, noise pollution, traffic violence, harmful effects on community health and the environment, and through greenhouse gas emissions that accelerate climate change, a public health crisis.

In the Driving Change White Paper, the Redstone Center examines the direct harms of vehicle traffic on public health in the District of Columbia and how road pricing strategies can be utilized to help reduce chronic disease inequities, support a robust public transportation system, and advance the District's carbon neutrality goals.




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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Explore other Redstone Features 

The cover of the Neighborhood Park Service Report

The District of Columbia is ranked as having the #1 park system in the country. The Redstone Center's NPS Report found that park management by the National Park Service has resulted in great inequities in amenities, maintenance, and park access across the nation’s capital.


Read the NPS Report

Cover of the Untapped Potential Policy Brief

Redstone Fellow Dr. Colón-Ramos used a community-based systems dynamics approach to unveil what key lever points can be used to promote drinking water (primarily from tap) as a replacement of sugary drink consumption among families in the District of Columbia.


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Cover of the Glasgow Policy Brief

The Glasgow Food and Climate Declaration recognizes that cities are leading the way to drive food system change through cross-cutting policy approaches. This policy brief details the many opportunities for the District to meet or exceed its ambitious climate goals.


Read the Policy Brief