Climate Change and Environmental Health Member Interest Group

Established: March 2019

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Increase the understanding of family physicians about the health harms of climate change and environmental degradation and the health benefits of climate solutions and environmental justice.  

Objectives

  • Educate ourselves and other AAFP members through CME offerings at the national and state levels about the health harms of climate change and the health benefits of climate solutions. 
  • Network with each other to share ways that family physicians can act in their communities and states to encourage the adoption of policies that support energy efficiency, build resilience against the health dangers and displacements associated with climate change and environmental degradation, and increase the use of clean renewable energy to clean the air and water for immediate health benefit and to slow the pace of climate change.   
  • Explore ways to spread our shared understanding that climate change is a human caused problem that reinforces environmental injustice and undermines health equity.   
  • Identify resources to support recent residency graduates who wish to do a fellowship that focuses on solutions to climate change.
  • Increase Academy policies and policy activities such as “Speak Out” that support a transition to cleaner sources of energy and facilitate advocacy by family physicians pertaining to climate change and to preserving and restoring healthful environments.  
  • Assist the AAFP in membership recruitment and retention of family physicians who are interested in climate change and environmental health.

Long-term Goals

  • Suggest CME topics on climate change and health to increase the understanding of family physicians about the health harms of climate change and environmental degradation and the health benefits of climate solutions and environmental justice. 
  • Provide networking opportunities for AAFP members who are interested and concerned about the health harms associated with climate change and environmental threats and would like to focus their energies on what may be done to prevent or address them.
  • Move the Academy toward more advocacy to address the health threats of climate change and to convince policymakers that solutions to the climate crisis are of the utmost importance to our nation’s health.  
  • Establish a fellowship or fellowships for family physicians who would like to become more involved in policy issues surrounding climate change and healthy environments.   

Leadership

Chair: Matt Burke, MD, FAAFP

Co-Vice Chair: Zach Wachtl, MD, FAAFP

Co-Vice Chair: Barbara Doty, MD, FAAFP

Secretary: Mona Sarfaty, MD, MPH, FAAFP

Overseen By: Commission on Health of the Public and Science

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