Every American’s health is at risk from climate change. We are already seeing worsening air quality, increases in vector-borne diseases and heat-related illnesses, as well as mental health impacts from devastation to communities due to extreme weather events like floods and storms. Patients and communities trust their health care providers to warn them of risks to their health and offer them recommendations about how to best protect themselves over both the short and long term. Health care providers play a critical role in helping to reduce the health impacts associated with climate change by educating patients and their families about how to reduce risk and engage in activities that will promote a healthy climate for all.
We hope you will use the free materials below to educate your patient population about how climate change is affecting their health and how they can take action to protect themselves and their families.