2020 Annual Meeting Presentations

Meeting of the Consortium Convenes Health Advocates

The Annual Meeting of the Consortium convenes Clinician and Health Professional Advocates from around the country to mobilize solutions to climate change. This year, over 200 advocates came together via Zoom on May 17-19 to learn, strategize, and educate members of Congress. Participants gained from presentations, breakout discussions, and sharing firsthand knowledge of the widespread health harms of climate change worsened this year by COVID-19 against the backdrop of ill health caused by air pollution and other social determinants of health including racism.

The theme of the meeting was Climate Solutions are Health Solutions because the solutions to climate change have short-term and long-term health benefits. This theme was explored during the three-day meeting that included a workshop for state clinician groups and meetings of the Consortium Steering Committee and Board of Advisors on the first day, panel presentations and breakout discussions on the second day, and virtual visits to Congressional Representatives on the third day. The first panel explored the connection between Climate Change, COVID-19, and Equity; the second panel explored policies that address climate change while also benefitting health.

Solving climate change means addressing the health needs of the U.S. population, especially access to clean air, clean water, and access for everyone to the conditions needed to achieve the best possible health.

Welcome to the 2020 Annual Meeting

Mona Sarfaty, MD, MPH, FAAFP
Director, Medical Society Consortium 
on Climate & Health


Public engagement in climate change

Edward Maibach, MPH, PhD
Director, Center for Climate Change Communication


Tobacco and Climate Change

Bill Novelli, PhD, Founder, Global Social Enterprise Initiative and Distinguished Professor of the Practice, McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University


Medical Students for a Sustainable Future

Harleen Marwah, MS4, George Washington University Medical School, Student Activist

VIDEO (Harleen Marwah)
YouTube VIDEO (Message from MS4SF)

COVID-19, Climate Change, and Equity

Doris Browne, MD, MPH
Former President of the National Medical Association


Heat Impacts and Red Lining

Jeremy S. 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


Climate Conscious Communication and Care

Cheryl Holder, MD, Associate Professor
Herbert Wertheim School of Medicine, and
Co-Chair Florida State Medical Association


Connecting Environmental Justice to Health

Adrienne Wald, EdD, MBA, RN, MCHES, CNE, Assoc Prof of Nursing, Mercy College, NY; Co-chair Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments Global Climate Change Committee


Overview of the Policy Action Agenda

Linda Rudolph, MD, MPH
Public Health Institute


Transporting, Climate Change, Health, & Inequity

Calvin Gladney, JD, President and CEO
Smart Growth America


Food and Climate

Becky Ramsing, RD MPH 
Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future


Health Effects of Methane aka Fracked Gas

Barbara Gottlieb, MD
Physicians for Social Responsibility


Healthcare Pollution is a Patient Safety Issue

Emily Senay, MD MPH
Mt Sinai Hospital