Healthcare confronts climate change: Schools, providers focus on health effects to dampen political opposition

Andis Robeznieks
June 13, 2015
Modern Healthcare 

A number of medical, nursing and public health schools around the country are launching programs to train students about the effects of climate change on health and how to reduce its impact.

In addition, some health systems have established ambitious green initiatives to reduce their own carbon footprint and inspire broader climate change initiatives.

Some leaders of the efforts say they are stressing the health-promoting features of the initiatives to minimize political opposition to mentions of climate change.

In April, about 30 leaders of U.S. medical, nursing and public health schools met at the White House and pledged to train the next generation of healthcare professionals in how to address the health effects of climate change. “Climate change is absolutely a critical public health issue,” said Dr. Ali Khan, dean of the University of Nebraska Medical Center's College of Public Health, who attended the meeting along with Dr. Bradley Britigan, dean of the university's College of Medicine.

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