Join the hundreds of health professionals gathering together this Sunday & Monday, Sept. 20-21, in Washington D.C. to learn about the health threats of climate change and how to achieve the health benefits of climate solutions. Engage with expert speakers in fields of climate impacts on health, health impacts of fossil fuels as well as urban design and carbon pricing. You’ll learn the best communications strategies to educate your legislators about the Clean Power Plan, an EPA Rule recently endorsed by the American Medical Association along with other actions to take in your hospital and community.
Beginning on Sunday morning there will be sessions on:
- Heat, Pollen and Air Pollution
- Extreme Weather Events: Infrastructure Damage and Impact on Vulnerable Populations
- The Silent Epidemic: The Effects of Coal on Human Health.
- Climate Change and Infectious Diseases
- Effects of Climate Change Food and Water Resources
- Public Health Hazards of Natural Gas Extraction and Power Production
- Mental health issues and climate change
- Ocean Impacts on Public Health
- Transportation Choices and Health
The event includes a talented and comprehensive line-up of speakers including ecoAmerica's Founder and President, Bob Perkowitz, and Meighen Speiser, ecoAmerica's Chief Engagement Officer. Also speaking will be:
- Jonathan Patz, MD, MPH, Professor and the John P. Holton Chair in Health and the Environment at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
- Linda Rudolph, MD, MPH, co-director of the Climate Change and Public Health Project in California's Public Health Institute
- Mona Sarfaty, MD, MPH, FAAFP, Director of George Mason Center for Climate and Health in the Center for Climate Change Communication
- And many others. See the full list of summit speakers here.
CME/CNE credits application will be submitted. You won’t want to miss this event! Find out more and register below.
Conference: Sunday, Sept. 20, 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Legislator Education Day: Monday, Sept. 21, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Organized by Physicians for Social Responsibility, George Mason University Program on Climate and Health, Cal. Public Health Institute Center for Climate Change and Health, Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments, ecoAmerica, and Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.
Co-sponsored by American Public Health Association, Trust for America's Health, American Psychological Association, Health Care Without Harm, Allergy and Asthma Network, National Network of Public Health Institutes, National Association of City and County Health Officials, Moms Clean Air Force, American Psychiatric Association, PSE Healthy Energy, and American Lung Association.
This symposium is designed for all health professionals including public health and students in health professions training. Continuing health education credits are being sought.
Climate change is causing drought, intense heat waves, poor air quality, and increased exposures to pollen and infections. Extreme weather conditions affect patients, practices, and health care facilities. If carbon pollution reductions are not achieved, we are on a path to a 4⁰C (7.2⁰F) temperature change which will reduce by half the world’s fresh water. Public policies are needed if we are to minimize carbon emissions and prevent the worst impacts of climate change. We must move away from the burning of fossil fuels – which causes climate change while also polluting the air and water – in favor of clean solutions like renewable energy and energy efficiency.
The Climate Health Summit will inform participants about the health implications of climate change and the health benefits of climate solutions; provide communication skills useful for informing the public and policymakers about this critical issue; and provide resources and communications guidance to deliver that message effectively to decision-makers who have opportunities to support actions for a healthy climate.
Upon completion of the symposium, participants will be able to do five of the following:
- Describe the major impacts of climate change on public health and health equity.
- Describe the health co-benefits of climate action strategies.
- List the major health threats of climate change in different regions of the country and identify resources for additional information.
- Summarize the ethical and justice implications of climate change impacts.
- Recognize the effects of climate change and fossil fuel burning on diverse medical conditions.
- Advise and counsel planners and political leaders about the ongoing and anticipated health impacts of climate change and energy solutions including the Clean Power Plan.
- Speak about climate risks and climate solutions to peers, colleagues, patients, and the public.
(Space Limited to 250)
Conference will be held at:
Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill
400 New Jersey, NW, Washington, DC
This activity has been submitted to the American Public Health Association/Public Health Nursing Section (APHA/PHN) for approval to award contact hours. APHA/PHN is accredited as an approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
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