This activity is designed to highlight the promise of climate action by health professionals on behalf of communities, in Florida and elsewhere, that are disproportionately impacted by climate change. Planned with leadership from the National Medical Association (NMA) Commission on Environmental Health and the Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health (MSCCH), the Symposium features expert physician and non-physician speakers who will share their findings and recommendations toward eliminating climate-related health disparities with a focus on informing the public, physicians and policymakers about environmental public health and the impacts of climate change.
Define the concept of syndemics (“linked or interacting epidemics”), and why employing an ecosyndemic orientation and structural competency can help address multiple health inequities.
Share strategies for eliciting and addressing the social determinants of health during clinical encounters.
Describe climate change as a social determinant of health.
Review and discuss current climate science including knowledge around impacts on vulnerable communities and populations including children.
Appropriately apply in practice, specialized treatment options to patients affected by climate change and those least able to respond, particularly those who are low-income.
This program is designed for health professionals, specifically physicians, health professionals-in-training and others who have the potential to improve the health of vulnerable communities and populations disproportionately impacted by climate change.
Participating healthcare providers will benefit from a seminar informed by leadership from NMA and MSCCH as well as physicians, public health professionals and university faculty who are involved with research and policymaking. Findings and recommendations for clinical and public health practice will be a major component of this symposium. Additionally, the Florida Clinicians for Climate Action (FCCA) will be launched and their “Tampa Declaration on Climate and Health” will be presented. Practitioners will gain tools for improved clinical decision-making and partnership opportunities around the health impacts of climate change and with communities and populations that are disproportionately impacted.
The Cobb Institute conducts data-driven research, makes policy recommendations where appropriate, and serves as a resource for NMA members and the greater healthcare community. It is the preeminent repository of information about the health of African Americans.