Dr. Jay Lemery Discusses how Climate Doctors can play a Central Role in Strengthening our Communities for Climate ChallengesMar 6, 2022
Humans can expect more widespread sickness, injuries and disease from a changing climate. Healthcare is accordingly coalescing around the idea that we need to upgrade our medical training programs to address climate — and even train “climate doctors.”
Healthcare providers need to be at the table to articulate the health consequences of climate change. Record heat exposures, flooding, wildfires, hurricanes and forced displacement will exacerbate existing health disparities, most predominantly in disadvantaged populations. With the right training and mission, we can create patient-centric policies when working alongside business executives, community leaders and policymakers to advocate for climate action, address environmental justice issues and help health systems reduce carbon emissions.
Read the article in the Los Angeles Times >>>