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Sunday, April 23, 2017

8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Inova Fairfax Hospital

Physicians Conference Center

Falls Church, VA

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 (click on the titles to access the documents):


Climate Change, CO2, and Plant Biology: The Rest of the Story

Lewis H. Ziska, PhD, USDA-ARS, Crop Systems and Global Change Laboratory


Baked Bacteria, Volatile Viruses & Flooded Fungi: Infectious Diseases in a Changing Climate

Saul R. Hymes, MD, Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics Stony Brook Children’s Hospital



Health Benefits of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI): Summary of 2017 report

Sara Via, PhD Professor UMD College Park, & Lead, Climate Health Action Team Chesapeake Physicians for Social Responsibility


Climate Action in Medical Education: Preparing the Next Generation of Physicians

Ambika Babbar BS, The College of William & Mary MS4, UVA School of Medicine



Some Potential Effects of Global Warming on Vector-borne Disease Transmission in Virginia

Dr. David N. Gaines Public Health Entomologist VDH-Office of Epidemiology



Science of Global Warming

Benjamin A. Cash Center for Ocean-Land-Atmosphere Studies, George Mason University



Climate Change, the Aquatic Environment and Human Health

Kimberly S. Reece, PhD, Aquatic Health Sciences


Let’s Talk Climate and Health: Messages to Motivate Americans

Jennifer Tabola, Senior Director Climate for Health, ecoAmerica



The State of the Air in Virginia

Laura Kate Bender Director of Advocacy, Healthy Air Campaign American Lung Association
John Bagwell Virginia Representative for the American Lung Association

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