July Champions, Action Item, & Opportunities!
Climate & Health Monthly Newsletter
Volume 1 | Issue 11
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Monthly Roundup

July Champions
Lori G. Byron, MD Robert G. Byron, MD
What you don’t know can hurt you, so Drs. Lori and Rob Byron have been hitting the road to tell people how climate change can damage their health. This Montana, couple – she’s a pediatrician and he’s an internist – have gone by car and by bicycle, using slide shows and puppet shows, to spread the word among members of the public and the medical profession. READ MORE
Take Action
Call or Email Your Senators Today

Continue to let your senators know that they must vote against any bill that decreases health access!

The Senate is expected to vote on a bill soon that would gut the Affordable Care Act and is just as bad for the health of the public as the version passed by the House of Representatives. The ultimate outcome of the bill is likely in the balance of only one or two votes.
Your voice could make a difference: Contact your Senators.
The News
The Solutions
Three years to safeguard our climate (Nature)
Christiana Figueres and colleagues set out a six-point plan for turning the tide of the world’s carbon dioxide by 2020. READ MORE
For the first time ever, U.S. gets 10% of electricity from wind and solar. (EcoWatch)
Renewable energy set a new record this past March, accounting for 10 percent of electricity generation in the U.S.  READ MORE
Hundreds of US mayors endorse switch to 100% renewable energy by 2035
(The Guardian / New York Times / Associated Press)
Leaders from more than 250 cities unanimously back a resolution to reach clean energy goal at the US Conference of Mayors in Miami Beach.
More Doctors Are Warning Patients to Eat Less Meat (Mother Jones / American Academy of Family Physicians)
Major medical groups are increasingly endorsing a diet heavier in plants. Eating less meat is also a healthy and environmentally responsible dietary choice.   READ MORE
Adverse Health Effects
Warmer Weather Bring More Infections After Surgery (The New York Times)
As the weather gets warmer the risk of developing an infection at the site of a surgical wound increases, according to a study published in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology. Surgical site infections are a leading cause of increased hospital readmissions, longer hospital stays, healthcare costs and mortality.  READ MORE
The Lone Star tick spreading in the US gives people meat allergies (USA Today / Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
With the warm summer months upon us, doctors are seeing more cases of a strange tick-related meat allergy. As the climate has warmed, ticks have continued to expand their territory, causing disease like Alpha-Gal syndrome to pop up further north in the U.S. than ever before.
More dust storms may be contributing to dramatic rise in Valley Fever in the Southwest (NOAA)
People living in the American Southwest have experienced a dramatic increase in windblown dust storms in the last two decades, likely driven by large-scale changes in sea surface temperature in the Pacific Ocean drying the region’s soil, according to new NOAA-led research. READ MORE
Upcoming Events & Opportunities

Health & Climate Webinars

Make sure to check out these upcoming opportunities for continuing education. 

  • July 13: CDC/NPHIC EP Webinar: The Impact of Public Health Emergency Preparedness Activities

    Attendees will learn:
    – Preparedness efforts that pay off during actual public health emergencies
    – Challenges, opportunities and how to make the most of them in a public health response
    – Whether/how to put preparedness products to use for best benefit

  • July 13 – Webinar: Cities on the Leading Edge of Resilience

    This webinar, hosted by Arizona State University, will spotlight several cities and share their process for planning, building engagement, and implementing resilience initiatives with limited resources.
  • Summer 2017 Webinar Series: Communicating Climate Change as a Public Health Issue

    San Luis Obispo Public Health Department is hosting a 4 part webinar, starting on July 19. The event will feature internationally-recognized experts and innovative on-the-ground leaders discussing a range of issues critical to public health departments as they grapple with climate change impacts with limited funding and support. Each webinar will feature real-life examples and practical recommendations for increasing impact of climate & health communications.

    August 2: Earth Ed –  Rethinking Education on a Changing Planet

    The Security & Sustainability Forum is offering its 4th webinar in the series: "Closing the Environmental Literacy Gap." The upcoming webinar will address applying a systems approach to environmental learning at all levels of development, from preschool to professional. Its guidance can inform teachers, policy makers, school administrators, community leaders, parents, and students alike. Its vision will inspire anyone who wants to prepare students not only for the storms ahead, but to become the next generation of sustainability leaders. 

Call for Applications!

The National Health Security Preparedness Index Preparedness Innovator Challenge

The Preparedness Innovator Challenge invites individuals and teams to tell their stories of how they are using the Index to improve preparedness and resiliency at local, state, and national levels. Successful applications will illustrate how the Index's data and measures provide actionable information that can be used by government, communities, the private sector, and the media to enhance health security and preparedness across the U.S. Applications are due July 31, 2017. READ MORE
Please note: Starting with this issue, the Climate & Health News Roundup & Action Items will arrive monthly rather than weekly
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