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MA - Doctors highlight climate impacts on hospitals, healthcare (with Podcast)

Doctors and leaders of Boston’s renowned hospitals gathered Thursday to discuss how climate change is impacting their profession.

The symposium at Harvard Medical School in Boston was billed as the opening salvo of a national effort to get the healthcare industry to confront climate change’s impacts.

Organizers said other institutions across the country have committed to develop similar programs in the coming year or so, including universities in California, Colorado, Ohio and Wisconsin.

Regina LaRocque, an infectious disease researcher at Mass General, said officials need to be more honest about climate change’s role in the spread of deadly diseases.

The symposium at Harvard Medical School in Boston was billed as the opening salvo of a national effort to get the healthcare industry to confront climate change’s impacts.

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Listen to Public Health and Climate Change: Insights from the Keynote, Surili Sutaria Patel

Live from the Social Coast Forum, Peter and Tyler sit down with the keynote speaker from the opening plenary, Surili Sutaria Patel, Director of the  Center for Climate, Health & Equity at the American Public Health Association.  From her unique vantage point, Patel documents how climate change is impacting community health today and that the coming changes will likely affect us all, regardless of race, income, age, or geography.  Some communities are more prepared; others will face the challenge of climate change less empowered and less equipped.  How do we get ready?  How do we level the playing field so communities have the chance to adjust, become climate resilient, and remain healthy?  Jump into this eye-opening discussion with the leading expert on the topic in America.  There is a lot to think about.  Another great show from ASPN!