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Our Mission

To build a network of clinician leaders advocating for climate change solutions that protect the health of our patients and communities.

Our 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 brings this critical perspective to climate-related policymaking in our state.

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Virginia Clinicians for Climate Action has become a leading health voice for climate change solutions that will transition Virginia towards a clean energy economy. Our organization is now at a turning point, where our success is being recognized and we are being invited to participate in larger projects with greater financial support. Our student fellows help to support this transition.  

 

Student fellows are undergraduate or graduate students that work closely with VCCA on many research and administrative needs. Student fellows gain knowledge and experience in advocacy, research, education, and communications around climate and health. They work closely with the Executive Committee and an Advocacy and Research fellow. 

 

The expected time commitment is 5-10 hours/week from September 2022 - May 2023. This position offers a stipend of $3,000. 

 

Projects for the fellow will include:

  1. Researching and writing statements on climate and health topics

  2. Assisting Education Co-Chairs to advance the work of the Virginia Climate and Health Education Collaborative

  3. Preparing presentations, including PowerPoint

  4. Drafting social media content, creating online invitations/announcements, and generating new online outreach strategies

  5. Drafting op-eds and letters to the editor

  6. Attending and taking notes in weekly meetings (1-2) 

 

 Applicants should have the following qualifications:

  1. Background knowledge of climate change as well as health. This can be through an undergraduate or graduate background in science and/or healthcare.

  2. Excellent writing ability

  3. Proficiency in health science research and referencing

  4. Social Media proficiency

  5. Basic graphic/web design

  6. Some experience in nonprofit or issue-based advocacy is valuable

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Student Fellows

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Current Fellows

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Ursula Gately
Advocacy & Research Fellow
Steering Committee Member

Ursula is a junior at Georgetown University studying Biology of Global Health and Environmental Studies on the premed track. She became very interested in the intersection of environmental and social determinants of health when volunteering as a medical scribe in internal medicine back home in Arizona. In the past, she has conducted research on mosquito resting and climate change with Arizona State University and worked as a wrangler at a dude ranch in Colorado. Currently, she leads the environmental justice branch of Georgetown's Renewable Energy and Environmental Network and is the executive director of Georgetown's Undergraduate Environmental Research Journal. Ursula is very grateful for the opportunity to continue on as VCCA's Advocacy and Research fellow this year. She is excited to learn more about environmental health issues and hopes VCCA will act as a touchstone in her learning how best to blaze a future for herself in the intersection of medicine and environmental health. 

Andrew Vanichkachorn
Education & Communications Fellow
Steering Committee Member

Andrew Vanichkachorn graduated from the University of Virginia in 2021 with a double major in Global Public Health and Environmental Science. Since graduation, he is currently pursuing a Masters of Public Health at UVA's School of Medicine and is in the midst of applying to medical schools. Andrew has been a firm believer of health-based environmental action since high school and has long-term goals to integrate a future medical career with important public health aspects, such as environmental health. In the past, he has been very interested in eco-toxicology and has most recently investigated the potential risks of pollutants created in the wake of the worldwide pandemic. Andrew is excited to be a part of VCCA this year and hopes to learn more about present-day environmental health issues and to continue finding ways to link physicianship, public health, and environmental concerns over the next year.

Past Fellows

Summer 2021

Ursula Gately, Georgetown University

Academic Year 2020-2021

Tammy Moscovich, University of Virginia

John Ryan, University of Virginia

Summer 2020

Joyce Cheng, University of Virginia