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Climate Solutions are Health Solutions:
The Climate and Health Roadmap

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Online Annual Meeting Agenda

Sunday, May 17 – Meetings by Zoom

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm ET Workshop for State Climate Health Groups
Mark Mitchell, MD, Medical Society Consortium on Climate & Health
Online Meetings for Advisory Board and Steering Committee:
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm ET Briefing for Board Members on Climate and Health (optional)
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm ET Board of Advisors Meeting
4:30 pm – 6:30 pm ET Steering Committee Meeting

Monday, May 18 – Annual Meeting by Zoom

11:00 am – Noon ET New Power for the Voice of Health Professionals on Climate Change in the era of COVID-19
Mona Sarfaty, MD MPH FAAFP, Executive Director, Medical Society Consortium on Climate & Health
Edward Maibach, MPH PhD, Director, Center for Climate Change Communication (GMU)
Bill Novelli, PhD, Founder, Global Social Enterprise Initiative and Distinguished Professor of the Practice, McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University
Harleen Marwah, MS4, George Washington University Medical School, Student Activist
Noon – 12:30 pm ET Regional Introductions within Affinity Groups in Zoom Breakout Rooms
12:30 pm – 12:45 pm ET Break
12:45 pm – 1:45 pm ET

COVID-19, Climate Change, and Equity: The Imperative for Action
New reports about the increased likelihood of COVID-19 fatality for those living in areas more exposed to air pollution, coincide with reports of higher death rates for African Americans. This highlights the imperative to make good health a primary goal as we work to implement equitable approaches to preventing and preparing for climate change. Since climate solutions are health solutions, how can we pursue equity? What are our priorities for change? Is there anything we can do in the clinical setting?

COVID-19, Climate Change, and Equity:
Doris Browne, MD MPH, Former President of the National Medical Association, retired from the National Cancer Institute

Heat Impacts and Red Lining:
Jeremy Hoffman, PhD, Chief Scientist, Science Museum of Virginia

State of the Air 2020:
Laura Kate Bender, National Assistant Vice President, Healthy Air, American Lung Association 

Informing Vulnerable Patients:
Cheryl Holder, MD, Associate Professor, Herbert Wertheim School of Medicine, and Chair Florida State Medical Association

Connecting Environmental Justice to Health: 
Adrienne Wald, EdD MBA RN, Associate Professor of Nursing at Mercy College, and Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments, Climate Change Committee Co-chair

Building Mental Health for Vulnerable Populations in a Time of Crisis:
Annelle Primm, MD MPH, Psychiatrist

1:45 pm – 2:30 pm ET Facilitated Discussions in Zoom Breakout Rooms
2:30 pm – 2:45 pm ET Break
2:45 pm – 3:45 pm ET Climate Solutions Are Health Solutions: Moving from Policy Priorities to Policy Change.

The Call to Action on Climate, Health, Equity: A Policy Action Agenda (PAA) lays out 10 policy actions that address the climate crisis and benefit health. The PAA has garnered 150 endorsements (and counting!) representing millions of doctors, nurses, public health professionals, and their educational institutions and hundreds of hospitals. We need to empower our organizations and our individual colleagues to advocate effectively for the PAA. It starts with self-education. This panel will expand our understanding of policies on transportation, food/agriculture, and hospitals so we can advocate and better inform our colleagues.

Moderator: Rob Gould, PhD, Strategic Communication, Medical Society Consortium on Climate & Health

Overview: Linda Rudolph, MD MPH, Public Health Institute

Transportation: Calvin Gladney, JD, President and CEO, Smart Growth America

Food/Agriculture: Becky Ramsing, RD MPH, Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future

Energy/Methane: Barbara Gottlieb, MD, Physicians for Social Responsibility

Health Systems: Seema Wadhwa, PhD, Assistant VP for Sustainability, Inova Health System

Hospitals: Emily Senay, MD MPH, Mt Sinai Hospital 

3:45 pm – 4:30 pm ET Facilitated Discussions in Zoom Breakout Rooms
4:30 pm – 4:40 pm ET Wrap up
4:40 pm – 5:00 pm ET Break
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm ET Briefing for Congressional Calls
This hour is a required briefing for all who are planning to speak with staff of their Congressional representatives on Tuesday. Visits are organized by the Consortium and the American Lung Association.

Tuesday, May 19

8:30 am – 9:30 am ET Briefing for Congressional Calls
(Alternate time for those unable to attend previous day’s session)
10:00 am – 5:00 pm ET Calls to Legislators