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Champion of the Month, Alerts, News
Climate & Health Monthly Newsletter
January 2019

Volume 3 | Issue 1
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January 2019 Champion

Meet our Champion of the Month:

Carissa Cabán-Aleman, MD
Assistant Professor, Florida International University - College of Medicine

When Hurricane Maria scoured Puerto Rico in September 2017 as a Category 4 storm, gaining strength through global warming, it ripped away roads, homes, power lines – and the stability and security of ordinary life. As a result, the arduous work of rebuilding extends beyond physical infrastructure. Maria and its aftermath exert a mental toll on caregivers as well as those who receive care, as psychiatrist Carissa Cabán has seen. READ MORE

Call for Nominations 

Do you know someone you could nominate for our Champion of the Month?

Email us a word document which includes the physician's full name, title and email address; as well as 500 words or less describing why you feel this individual should be designated a champion. Be sure to include your name and email address. Thank you!
Record your climate and health activities 

Please upload your climate and health activities to the Consortium activity log on the right side of the landing page. Activities are presentations, policy actions, or media successes. This demonstrates the depth and breadth of physician advocacy, and helps the Consortium secure resources to support physician activity at the state level.
Record your Climate and Health Activities

Congratulations this month to:

Former Surgeon Generals, Drs. Richard Carmona and David Satcher for their editorial published in Stat, a medical sector publication.

Washington State PSR Doctors Michael Soman and Mark Vossler for their op-ed.

American College of Preventive Medicine for its recent statement on climate change.

Advocate Aurora Health, the tenth largest non-profit health system in the US, for committing to 100 percent renewable electricity! Their Press Release cites air pollution and asthma as a primary motivator for making the switch.

The medical journal BMJ for this Editorial favoring divestment from fossil fuels by medical societies.

The Center for Climate Communication at George Mason University and their partners at Yale University for finding this change in public opinion: Consensus Emerges in Climate Change Debate.

Dr. Cecilia Sorenson, University of Colorado, for her live interview on Colorado Public Radio. This CU Physician Says Climate Change Disproportionately Affects Women's Health.

Hospitals opposing efforts to weaken the EPA mercury rules.

The New England Journal of Medicine for two recent articles reported by:
L.A. Times - Climate change is making us sicker and shortening our lives, doctors say and
Vox - Doctors are frightened by climate change. Their industry is a big part of the problem.

Dr Regina LaRoque for her interview on NPR/On Point: Climate Change Is A Public Health Emergency, Doctor Says. Here's How To Respond and for her co-authorship of this New England Journal Perspective piece: Climate Change — A Health Emergency.
The News
Climate Change is Harming Our Health Now
ER visits for asthma attacks surging for KC kids. Could climate change play a role? (Kansas City Star)
Some people are more vulnerable to climate change impacts
Climate change in the US will hurt poor people the most, according to a bombshell federal report. (CNBC)
Conditions will Deteriorate Unless we Address Climate Change
Rhode Island's forests are dying (Newport Daily News)

About 13 percent of Rhode Island’s forest trees are dead, state environmental officials have concluded, the result of an unprecedented combination of heat, drought and insect infestations from 2015 to last year. READ MORE
People Can Respond to Protect Themselves and the Planet

It is time to respect the planet's boundaries—and overhaul how we eat and waste food—if we want to feed our rising population
(Environmental Health News)

Health benefits far outweigh the costs of meeting climate change goals (World Health Organization)

'The Most Equitable Climate Solution:' Janet Yellen and 3 Other Ex-Fed Chairs Back a Carbon Tax Plan (Fortune)

Top Ten U.S. States for Renewable Energy Installed Capacity (Renewable Energy World)

Mike Bloomberg Announces Bloomberg American Cities Climate Challenge Expands From 20 To 25 Cities, Names St. Petersburg 20th Winner (Bloomberg Philanthropies)  READ MORE

Once derided, ways of adapting to climate change are gaining steam (National Geographic, Andrew Revkin)
Recognition is spreading that communities need to build resilience to climatic and coastal threats even as the world seeks ways to curb emissions driving global warming. READ MORE

Cities Are Tucking Climate Change Fixes Into New Laws (WIRED, Adam Rogers)
Cities across the US are rethinking their policies on homebuilding and transportation. READ MORE
United Nations/World Health Organization Report:

COP24 Special Report on Health and Climate Change

This latest national survey finds that a large majority of Americans think global warming is happening, outnumbering those who don’t by more than 5 to 1. VIEW REPORT
News from Members & Affiliates
We're growing! 
The Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health now brings together 23 medical societies representing nearly 600,000 clinical practitioners!

Welcome to the latest society to join the Consortium:
Infectious Diseases Society of America
Events & CME Opportunities
An 18-week Online Program on the Health Impacts of Climate Change
This 18-week, online program for public health professionals and other learners is designed to equip you with the knowledge and proven strategies needed to increase your community’s resilience to the adverse health impacts of climate change and to communicate effectively about health effects of climate change to the public and policymakers. READ MORE
A Webinar is scheduled for January 31st, from 1:00-1:30pm EST, to learn more about the program, ask questions, and meet future classmates.

ALA Webinar on Air Pollution, Climate Change and Health
January 31st, 2019; 3 PM ET

This webinar is for health, medical and policy professionals covering topline findings of three recent reports:
- Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change “Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 °C”
- United States’ 4th National Climate Assessment
- 2018 Lancet “Countdown: Tracking Progress on Health and Climate Change,” and the U.S. Brief


2019 Annual Meeting
Registration for the Consortium Annual Meeting on April 28-29, 2019 is now open on our website for member societies, affiliates, and partners.

Sponsorship opportunities are also available.
Please e
mail Karmjot Randhawa if you have any questions regarding registration or sponsorship opportunities.
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