RICHMOND: HEALTH IN A CHANGING CLIMATE

Satruday, February 10, 2018

8am-2pm
Bon Secours St. Mary's Hospital

Richmond, VA

VCCA hosted a full day of educations.  Speakers came from a variety of backgrounds.  Topics included Heat-Related Illnesses (HRI) in Virginia, Vector-Borne Diseases in a Changing Climate, Threats Posed by Sea Level Rise, and Flooding Pollen & Allergies in Richmond.

Below are the speaker presentations (click on the titles to access the documents)

Introduction

Samantha Ahdoot, MD, FAAP, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, Chairperson, Virginia Clinicians for Climate Action

Understanding Our Changing Climate

Benjamin A. Cash, PhD, Research Associate Professor, Center for Ocean-Land-Atmosphere Studies, George Mason University

Heat illness in Virginia

Jeremy Hoffman, PhD, Climate and Earth Scientist, Science Museum of Virginia

Plants, Carbon Dioxide, and Health

Lewis Ziska, PhD, Research Plant Physiologist, Adaptive Cropping Systems Lab, USDA-ARS

Allergies and Pollen in Richmond

Michael Blumberg, MD, JD, MHA, Allergy Partners-Richmond, Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, Virginia Commonwealth University

Recurrent flooding and Sea Level Rise in Virginia

Muge Akpinar-Elci, MD, MPH, Professor and Chair, School of Community and Environmental Health, Director, Center for Global Health,  College of Health Sciences, Old Dominion University

Vector-Borne Diseases in a Changing Climate

James C. Dunford, PhD, Medical Entomologist, Adjunct Assistant Professor, College of Health Sciences, Old Dominion University

Lunchtime Panel on Vulnerable Populations

Moderator: Jerome Paulson, MD, Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics and of Environmental & Occupational Health, George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health

Panelists: 

  • Laura Anderko PhD, RN, Robert and Kathleen Scanlon Endowed Chair in Values Based Health Care & Professor, Fellow, Center for Social Justice, White House Champion of Change for Public Health and Climate Change, Director, Mid-Atlantic Center for Children’s Health and the Environment (Region 3 PEHSU)

  • Janet Eddy, MD, Medical Director, Bon Secours Care-A-Van

  • Quan Williams, MUPP, MDiv, Policy Director, New Virginia Majority

Lunchtime Panel on Advocacy

Moderator: Cecilia DeLoach Lynn, MBA Director, Sector Performance & Recognition, Practice Greenhealth

​Panelists:

  • Samantha Ahdoot MD, FAAP, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, Chairperson, Virginia Clinicians for Climate Action

  • Bret Clawson, President of American Medical Student Association for Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine’s Class of 2019

  • Cara Cook, MS, RN, AHN-BC, Climate Change Program Coordinator, Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments

  • Kristie Smith, MSW, Policy & Campaigns Manager, Virginia Conservation Network

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