Mission: Virginia Clinicians for Climate Action (VCCA) aims to build a network of activated and engaged clinician leaders ready to speak on what climate change means for 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 our work to foster climate and health advocacy and policymaking in Virginia, VCCA is working in 3 main areas:
VCCA offered a full day of education. Speakers included scientists, physicians, medical student, an advocacy director from the American Lung Association, and a communication expert, all speaking about how the changing climate influences the health of Virginians.
Below are the speaker presentations.
Lewis H. Ziska, PhD, USDA-ARS, Crop Systems and Global Change Laboratory
Saul R. Hymes, MD, Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics Stony Brook Children’s Hospital
Sara Via, PhD Professor UMD College Park, & Lead, Climate Health Action Team Chesapeake Physicians for Social Responsibility
Ambika Babbar B.S., The College of William & Mary MS4, UVA School of Medicine
Dr. David N. Gaines Public Health Entomologist VDH-Office of Epidemiology
Benjamin A. Cash Center for Ocean-Land-Atmosphere Studies, George Mason University
Kimberly S. Reece, Ph.D. Aquatic Health Sciences
Jennifer Tabola, Senior Director Climate for Health, ecoAmerica
Laura Kate Bender Director of Advocacy, Healthy Air Campaign American Lung Association
John Bagwell Virginia Representative for the American Lung Association