Tools for health advocates to speak out on climate change
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Tools for health advocates to speak out on climate change

With significant threats looming for environmental health at the federal level, state health advocates are more valuable than ever. Weigh in on climate and health! We are sharing tools to help. Maryland's public health was advanced last week when state legislators overrode the Governor's Veto of the Clean Energy Jobs Act. 

This win is essential to creating healthier air and lungs across Maryland. Dr. Leana Wen emphasized the link between public health and environmental policy by delivering an outstanding keynote speech in Annapolis at the Environmental Legislative Summit. Dr. Wen invites you to continue the conversation by signing up for the Baltimore City Health Department list serv.

Public Health in Annapolis Night is tomorrow: 5-7 pm in Room 180 of the House Office Building in Annapolis. Join us to speak with legislators and network with colleagues. Light refreshments served. Download our legislative priority list for background on key environmental health issues.

Rebecca, Allison, & Rebecca

Physician's Guide to Climate Change, Health, and Equity

This 120-page document is a resource to strengthen and inform health professionals on climate change, health, and equity. This comprehensive resource is designed to support health voices with media interviews, visits with legislators or policymakers, or presentations such as Grand Rounds, community talks and more.

It includes a chapter on Climate Change, Health, and Health Inequities, with discussion of extreme heat, allergens, infectious disease, and mental health

Physician's Guide

2017: The Year of Climate & Health

The American Public Health Association (APHA) has proclaimed 2017 to be the Year of Climate & Health! APHA has prepared an in-depth toolbox of resources on climate change and health:
The Year of Climate & Health

RGGI & Health Cost Savings

An Analysis of the Public Health Impacts of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative by Abt Associates reveals that the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) has substantially reduced the number of premature deaths, heart attacks, and respiratory illnesses in the Northeast since 2009.
The study uses historical data from 2009 to 2014 to document reductions in air pollution and the corresponding health impacts. In Maryland, RGGI has resulted in an estimated:
  • 81 avoided adult deaths
  • 1,036 avoided asthma exacerbations
  • 1,679 avoided respiratory illnesses
  • 4,950 avoided work loss days
RGGI has generated an estimated $5.7 billion in health savings and other benefits for Northeastern states. This social media kit shares resources to speak about the findings.
Read the report
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