2020 Clinical Climate Change
Protecting Patients and Improving Health Outcomes in the Climate Crisis
More than 150 clinicians and allied health professionals from across the country came together on Friday, January 24, 2020 for the Mount Sinai Institute for Exposomic Research's Second Annual Clinical Climate Change Conference. This year, the Institute was joined by new partners: the American Public Health Association, the American Lung Association, and the Center for Earth Ethics.
Karenna Gore, Director of the Center for Earth Ethics, gave the keynote address: "Health Care in the Time of Climate Crisis: An Earth Ethics Perspective." Read her remarks here.
The conference showcased the current state of the science on the climate crisis and health and provided patient-centered solutions to address increased risks for heat-related conditions and cardiovascular, respiratory, and vector-borne diseases. Presentations also highlighted sustainability in healthcare, and the role of community partnerships and advocacy, particularly for the protection of vulnerable populations who are disproportionately impacted by the climate crisis.
Climate Change and Your Health Poster
A patient friendly poster on climate change and health for health care settings was developed for the conference and distributed to participants. To request additional copies in English and Spanish, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Mount Sinai Road to Resilience Podcast
Episode 25: Facing Climate Change
Karenna Gore, Director of the Center for Earth Ethics at Union Theological Seminary, and Keynote Speaker at the 2020 Clinical Climate Change Conference, goes beyond carbon emissions and discusses the many causes of climate change and how framing the crisis as a moral issue can help us adapt to and mitigate its worst effects. Listen to the full podcast episode here.