Magazine article The Nation's Health

APHA Engagement: Turning Access into Local Action on Climate Change

Magazine article The Nation's Health

APHA Engagement: Turning Access into Local Action on Climate Change

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APHA IS MORE than a professional home for tens of thousands of public health professionals. It is also an amplifier of ideas, research and emerging practice for those who are served by and work with our members. It's one way that APHA connects practitioners, researchers, teachers, students and advocates to new ideas. It's about access.

As APHA president, I have direct access to certain opportunities that I wouldn't otherwise have. The recent Climate & Health Meeting, held Feb. 16 in Atlanta, represented one of those opportunities.

Thanks in large part to one of our country's climate change champions, former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, the one-day event brought together public health professionals, climate scientists and policymakers around solutions to climate change. The meeting was hosted by APHA, the Climate Reality Project, Harvard Global Health Institute and other supporters.

Typically, my position provides me opportunities to speak with groups of public health colleagues. While I am thankful for chances to give keynote addresses or moderate panels, I find the ability to listen and learn to be even more rewarding. As a climate change novice, that was my role as a participant in a room full of climate and health experts from around the country and from outside our borders. I was an eager learner.

When the day was done and I returned home, I thought about my privilege at having been given that very special opportunity. I was exposed to so much information on how climate change affects health and how we can effectively communicate that information. …

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