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Join fight against climate change to protect health  |  August 4, 2021
Anne Mellinger-Birdsong, MD (GCCA) and June Deen (American Lung Association)

How Heat Kills: Deadly Weather 'Cooking' People From Within  |  August 2, 2021
Neha Pathak, MD

Food is Medicine for Our Health and the Health of the Planet  |  June 30, 2021
Dr. Neha Pathak, GCCA Steering Committee member

We need a call to action on clean energy  |  June 28, 2021
Dr. Linda Walden

Calling on co-ops to provide clean energy  |  June 23, 2021
Dr. Linda Walden

Physician: Federal lawmakers must do what Georgia legislators won't - take action on coal ash  |  May 12, 2021
Dr. Neha Pathak, GCCA Steering Committee member

School of Medicine professor examines impact of climate change on mental health  |  April 20, 2021
Dr. Jennifer Barkin, GCCA Steering Committee member, interviewed for this article:

General Internists as Climate Health Advocates  |  March, 2021 
Dr. Neha Pathak, internist and founding Steering Committee member of GCCA

Doctors Push For Health Care To Address Climate Change In New Teaching Framework  |  September 21, 2020
Tonya Mosley & Serena McMahon – NPR radio interview with Dr. Rebecca Philipsborn

The First Residency Curriculum to Better Prepare Doctors for Climate Change  |  September 9, 2020
Harvard Chan C-CHANGE
Curriculum, linked to ACGME core competencies, teaches residents how climate change affects health, clinical care, and health care delivery.
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Journal Article: Climate Change and the Practice of Medicine (Lead Author: Dr. Rebecca Philipsborn, GCCA Steering Committee member)

Georgia Chapter of The American Academy of Pediatrics Adopts a Resolution on Climate Change and Child Health  |  July 20, 2020
Rebecca Philipsborn, MD

July 2020 CME Webinars from the Consortium  |  CME Credits still available for a limited time
This webinar series, “COVID-19, Climate, Equity”, provides the much-needed education that healthcare professionals are asking for, to help them better treat their patients and their community. Watch recordings of all four webinars and apply for CME Credit here:

Community members ask city of Decatur to fund climate action plan  |  June 23, 2020
Residents of Decatur, GA, have been calling on the City Commission to add a climate action plan to their budget.

Medical professionals call for health care, social equality  |  June 15, 2020
Medical professionals, including GCCA, gathered at the Thomas County Historic Courthouse on Sunday, June 15 to call for an end to disparities in health care and justice. The event, “White Coats for Black Lives,” brought to light inequities for blacks in health care and in the justice system.

Coal is the most polluting of all fossil fuels - could the COVID-19 crisis finally finish it off?  |  June 9, 2020

Climate Change in the Emory Medical Curriculum  |  May 14, 2020
Dr. Rebecca Philipsborn reached out to friends and colleagues across the country to gauge interest in providing content for a “Climate Crisis and Clinical Medicine M3 & M4 Virtual Elective” for third- and fourth-year medical students. “Because of the virtual format, we had an opportunity to leverage collective expertise from around the country and create a course that medical students anywhere could access,” said Dr. Philipsborn. The topic was especially resonant during COVID-19.

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Children's Health & Climate Change: A Moment of Reflection on Earth Day's 50th Anniversary

On April 22, 2020, the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) partnered with ecoAmerica’s Climate for Health program to present Children's Health & Climate Change: A Moment of Reflection on Earth Day's 50th Anniversary. Moderated by Jerome Paulson, MD, FAAP and presented by Meighen Speiser (Executive Director, ecoAmerica), Lori Byron, MD, FAAP, Lisa Patel, MD, FAAP & Rebecca Philipsborn, MD, FAAP, the webinar focused on the extraordinary and devastating experience of the COVID-19 pandemic that both exposed vulnerabilities and suggested public health solutions that informed reflections on the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Participants connected with colleagues to discuss efforts to protect children's health through climate action. This virtual forum featured national and state perspectives, outlined priorities, and shared solutions. WATCH VIDEO>


COVID-19 Is Giving Us a Lesson - and a Warning - About Our Environment
Neha Pathak, MD, DipABLM   |   April 22, 2020   |   WebMD

On April 21st, the American Lung Association released its 21st annual State of the Air report showing that about 150 million Americans (close to half of the US population) live in areas with unhealthy, dangerously polluted air. That’s 8 million more Americans than the year before.

A recent study to be published in the New England Journal of Medicine shows that people who live in areas with long-term bad air have a higher risk of dying from COVID-19. Tiny increases in average particulate pollution can increase the risk of dying from COVID-19 by 15%. The good news is that we know now we can do something about this on a global scale to protect people’s health. READ BLOG>