Virginia Clinicians for Climate Action

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Mission: Virginia Clinicians for Climate Action (VCCA) is building a network of activated and engaged clinician leaders ready to speak on how climate change solutions protect the health of our patients and communities in Virginia.

Vision: Clinicians have the knowledge and mission to play a vital role in protecting the health and prosperity of Virginia’s families and communities from climate change. VCCA aims to bring this critical perspective into climate-related policymaking in our state.

Our Work: In order to bring climate and health into advocacy and policymaking, VCCA clinicians will provide leadership in support of solutions to the effects climate change has on clean air, clean water, infectious diseases, vulnerable populations, and much more.

VCCA is working in three main areas:

  1. Education: VCCA is working to educate medical professionals and students across disciplines in Virginia. We are bringing educational events to medical centers, hospitals, and medical societies throughout the state. Our first event at Inova Fairfax Hospital in 2017 featured speakers from Virginia Department of Health, U.S. Department of Agriculture and American Lung Association, amongst others. Presentations from this event are available here. For 2018, VCCA has coordinated three Grand Rounds presentations at three Virginia hospitals and a CME/CNE conference at Bon Secours Health System in collaboration with Virginia Commonwealth University. Through these events, we aim to recruit a base of clinicians across the state to serve as advocates for their patients and communities.
  2. Advocacy: VCCA is working to increase understanding of the critical intersections between health benefits and climate change solutions. We are engaging with elected officials and policymakers and participating in public forums across the state to help ensure that policies are made with the health of our citizens and communities as the top priority. We seek to promote sustainability and resilience of communities and medical facilities.
  3. Community Outreach: VCCA is working to educate and empower the public around local and state climate-related policies that impact public health and welfare. Through work with community leaders, production of educational materials. op-eds and letters to the editor, VCCA is empowering the public to protect their families and communities.