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Climate Health Summit: Creating Health Leaders on Climate Change

September 20, 2015 - September 21, 2015
Washington, District of Columbia

Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015 8:00 am - 6:00 pm

Legislator Education Day:
Monday, Sept. 21, 2015 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, American Lung Association, and National Medical Association.

This symposium was designed for all health professionals including public health and students in health professions training. Continuing health education credits were offered.


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 informed participants about the health implications of climate change and the health benefits of climate solutions; provided communication skills useful for informing the public and policymakers about this critical issue; and provided resources and communications guidance to deliver that message effectively to decision-makers who have opportunities to support actions for a healthy climate.



Handouts & Presentations


Continuing Education Credit Info


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.