Public Health and Climate Crisis in the Indo-Pacific

Alumni Thematic International Exchange Seminar (Alumni TIES)

About the organization

The Alumni Thematic International Exchange Seminar (Alumni TIES) will convene 60 alumni of U.S. government-sponsored exchange programs in Bangkok, Thailand on May 23-27, 2022 on the theme of "Public Health and Climate Crisis in the Indo-Pacific." This seminar is for alumni from the United States and countries in East Asia, the Pacific, and South Asia. This seminar will feature thematic and sub-regional breakout sessions, interactive panels with industry leaders, and engagement with prominent organizations working on the intersection of public health, climate change, and disaster preparedness.


Seminar activities will begin with a welcome reception in the evening of Monday, May 23, 2022, and end with a closing dinner on Friday, May 27. May 21 and 22 (in some cases), May 23, and May 28 and 29 (in some cases) are travel days.

Selected participants will focus on the following priorities:

Investigate the effects of climate change on public health and clarify ways for young leaders in the region to shape response efforts.
Examine current practices in climate justice and health equity in the Indo-Pacific region.
Share methods reducing reliance on carbon fuels and expanding the adoption of clean energy technologies for local communities.
Strategize creative ways to engage community stakeholders, elected officials, technology companies, and educators in expanding cross-sectoral efforts to combat the global threat of climate change.
Apply for small grants that focus on innovative regional solutions and strategies for strengthening coordination and assistance for environmental and public health-related crises.
Participants will have the exclusive opportunity to design and collaborate on regional proposals for community-based projects of up to $10,000 USD.


Sixty alumni of U.S. government-sponsored exchange programs who are active in climate change adaptation and mitigation and/or and public health, who are working as scientists, medical professionals, educators, technology innovators, leaders of civil society organizations, or public health officials will participate in this seminar. Participants will be citizens of the United States and countries in East Asia, the Pacific, and South Asia.

*Please note that only U.S. citizen alumni who participated in an exchange program in a country in East Asia, the Pacific, or South Asia will be eligible for this seminar program.

Alumni TIES are intensive seminars and full participation is expected.
Alumni TIES seminars are conducted in English. Interpretation and translation services will not be provided.
Alumni TIES participants must possess a valid passport (with an expiration date at least six months after May 27, 2022) by no later than March 15, 2022.


With funding provided by the U.S. Department of State, World Learning will cover the costs for round-trip airfare, health insurance, visa fees, incidental travel expenses (airport transfers, meals, etc.), and lodging.

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