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Summit Agenda

Schedule for Sunday, September 20th, Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill 400 New Jersey NW, Washington, DC

7:00-8:00 am      Breakfast-Check in

8:00-8:15 am      Welcome and Orientation to the day

8:15-9:15 am      Climate and Health: Where We Stand - Plenary Session (Regency B/C)

Jonathan Patz, MD, MPH, Professor and the John P. Holton Chair in Health and the Environment at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, co-editor of Climate Change and Public Health, Oxford University Press and IPCC author for 15 years.

Linda Rudolph, MD, MPH, is the co-director of the Climate Change and Public Health Project in California's Public Health Institute

Track titles

Choose one

Direct Health Impacts of Climate Change

Room: Regency B/C

Climate Change impact on vulnerable populations

Room: Capitol B

Health impacts of Fossil Fuels: Co-Benefits of addressing Climate Change

Room: Capitol A


Heat, Pollen and Air Pollution

Mona Sarfaty, MD
George Mason Center for Climate Change Communication

Yolanda Whyte, MD
National Medical Assn.

Rosalyn Baker, MD Allergist/MedStar

Extreme Weather Events: Infrastructure Damage and Impact on Vulnerable Populations

Cindy Parker, MD, MPH
Johns Hopkins University

The Silent Epidemic: The Effects of Coal on Human Health.

Alan Lockwood, MD, FAAN, FANA
Senior Scientist Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR)

10:25-10:40 BREAK    


Climate Change and Infectious Diseases

Samantha Ahdoot, MD
American Academy of Pediatrics Environment Council

Lynn Ringenberg, MD

Effects of Climate Change Food and Water Resources

Maureen McCue, MD, PhD
University of Iowa/PSR

Robert Lawrence, MD
Johns Hopkins University

Public Health Hazards of Natural Gas Extraction and Power Production

Adam Law, MD, MPH
PSE-Healthy Energy

Barbara Sattler, RN, DrPH
Univ. of San Francisco


Mental health issues and climate change

Susan Clayton, PhD
Wooster College

Lise Van Susteren, MD

Ocean Impacts on Public Health

Don Boesch, PhD
President of University of Maryland Center for Environmental Studies

Transportation Choices and Health

Dick Jackson, MD, MPH
UCLA-Author of Built Environment

12:45-1:30 LUNCH Meet in groups by state or region in Regency B/C

1:30 pm to 2:30 Moving Healthy Climate Policy - Plenary session

Catherine Thomasson, MD - PSR Executive Director; Rona Birnbaum - EPA; Rachel Cleetus, PhD - Union of Concerned Scientists

2:30-3:30 Communicating About Climate and Health - Plenary Session

Bob Perkowitz- EcoAmerica; Ed Maibach, PhD - George Mason-Center for Climate Change Communications; Meighen Speiser - EcoAmerica

3:30-3:45 BREAK


Focus on Communicating to the Public and Policymakers

Room: Capitol B

Clean Power Plan-Action plan

Room: Capitol A

Working in the Community

Room: Regency B/C


Best Communications Practices on Climate Change and Health (targeting public and media)

Diana Van Vleet
Climate Nexus

Barb Gottlieb
Director Environment Health PSR

Clean Power Plan – Implementation at the State Level

Ivan Frishberg
Environment America

Katie Huffling, RN, CNM, MS
Alliance of Nurses for Health Environments

Addressing Climate Change in Healthcare Settings

Robin Guenther, FAIA, LEED® AP

Gary Cohen, MD
Health Care Without Harm







Communicating on climate to policymakers across the political spectrum-Best practices

Mark Mitchell, MD
National Medical Association

Ed Maibach, PhD

Jamie Consuegra

EPA's Clean Power Plan-Federal Action

Laura Kate Bender
American Lung Association

Catherine Thomasson, MD

Urban Solutions

Katherine Johnson
Climate Program Analyst for the DC Department of Energy

Lynn Ringenberg, MD

Page Updated September 18, 2015