Jan 27: Join the launch of Florida Clinicians for Climate Action

W. Montague Cobb/ NMA Health Institute 2018 Health Disparities Conference


Wesley, FL

8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.


  • Discuss impacts of climate change on the health of Floridians, especially vulnerable populations.
  • Continuing medical education (CME) for physicians.

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Friday Evening, January 26:  OPENING RECEPTION 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Top Shelf Sports Lounge
Florida Hospital Ice Center
13173 Cypress Ridge Blvd, Wesley Chapel, FL 33544

Saturday, January 27, 2017
Scientific Program – 8:15 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Pasco-Hernando State College – Porter Campus at Wiregrass Ranch
2727 Mansfield Blvd, Wesley, FL 33543
Conference Center B Building, 3rd Floor

8:15 a.m. Welcome and Introduction to the Symposium

Timothy L. Beard, PhD, President, Pasco-Hernando State College

Randall Morgan, Jr., MD, MBA, Executive Director – W. Montague Cobb NMA Health       Institute (Cobb Institute); Past President (95th), National Medical Association (NMA)

Lee Green, PhD, Vice President of Diversity, Public Relations and Strategic Communications, Moffitt Cancer Center

Mark A. Mitchell, MD, MPH, FACPM, Chair, NMA Council on Medical Legislation; Co-        Chair, NMA Commission on Environmental Health

8:30 a.m. Cobb Presentation on the Social Determinants of Health:

Moderator: Mark A. Mitchell MD, MPH, FACPM

Jewel L. Crawford, MD, Instructor, Department of Community Health and Preventive Medicine, Morehouse School of Medicine:

  • Climate Change, Health Equity, and the Social Determinates of Health

Robert C. Like, MD, MS, Professor and Director, Center for Healthy Families and Cultural Diversity, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School:

  • Addressing the Social and Environmental Determinants of Health in Clinical Care and Public Health Practice

9:30 a.m. Panel Presentation and Discussion I: Understanding Climate and Health in Florida – A Focus on Vulnerable Communities

Moderator:  Mona Sarfaty, MD, MPH, FAAFP, Director – Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health; Center for Climate Change Communication (George Mason University)

David Hastings, PhD, Professor of Marine Science & Chemistry, Eckerd College:

  • “Climate Science 101”

Roderick King, MD, MPH, CEO, Florida Institute for Health Innovation; Director and Assistant Dean for Public Health Education (University of Miami Miller School of Medicine):

  • “Climate Change and Health in Florida: The Public Health Response”

10:15 a.m. Panel Presentation and Discussion II: Climate Resilience Strategies and Interventions

Moderator:  Mark A. Mitchell, MD, MPH, FACPM

Todd L. Sack, MD, FACP, Board of Directors and Chair of the Environment and Health Committee, Physicians for Social Responsibility (Washington, DC):

  • “Adding Climate Change to Your Medical Practice”

Cheryl Holder, MD, President of the Florida State Medical Association (FSMA); Program Director of Panther College of Medicine Communities; Associate Professor (Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine at FIU):

  • “Climate Change Education and Advocacy in Your Community”

11:00 a.m. Break

11:15 a.m. Special Presentation 

Jeff Goldhagen, MD, MPH, University of Florida College of Medicine – Jacksonville:

  • Climate Change and Children: a Human Rights Issue”

11:45 a.m. Synthesis & Closing Remarks

Mark A. Mitchell, MD, MPH, FACPM

Randall Morgan, Jr., MD, MBA

12:00 p.m. to 12:50 p.m.:

Lunch-Featuring Presentation by Taylor Insurance and Financial Services

1:00 p.m. Breakout Sessions:

Session A: “Launching FL Clinicians for Climate Action – a Focus on Florida Organizations”

Session B: “The Connection between Fossil Fuels and Cancer: What is the Science and How Can Health Professionals Engage?”

2:30 p.m. Next Steps:

Mark A. Mitchell, MD, MPH, FACPM

Randall Morgan, Jr., MD, MBA

3:00 p.m. Adjourn

3:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.  Annual Meeting of Florida State Medical Association