APHA supports White House climate change and health summit

Date: Jun 23 2015

Contact: Kimberly Short, 202-777-2511

APHA commends White House for convening leaders at public health climate change summit

Statement by Georges C. Benjamin, MD, executive director, American Public Health Association

Washington, D.C., June 23, 2015 – "Today, the American Public Health Association proudly participates in the White House Public Health and Climate Change Summit where public health, medical, academic and government leaders join to boldly address climate change and its impacts on the nation's health.

"The science is clear that the effects of climate change, including elevated air pollution, extreme weather and increased range for disease carrying insects, are impacting cardiovascular health, worsening respiratory conditions, increasing risk of infectious disease spread and destabilizing communities.

"I commend President Obama, alongside Surgeon General Vivek Murthy and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator, Gina McCarthy, for bringing attention and urgency to the weight of climate change on public health with this all-hands-on-deck approach. This meeting is imperative for gathering resources, solutions and strategies to protect community wellbeing and prevent further harm.

"APHA is fiercely dedicated to this global issue that demands immediate action and collaboration from the medical, disease advocacy and public health communities. Together, we remain united in our efforts to equip communities with the tools and resources to tackle climate change, support the president’s Climate Action Plan that will help cut carbon pollution and ultimately, protect the public from the health risks of a changing climate."

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