Health professionals occupy a critical position in the response to climate change. However, globally, few public health, medical or nursing programs yet teach their students about climate impacts, and evidence suggests that current training programs are inadequate to meet current and future population-level health needs. This presentation will address 1) what are the essential climate-related skills and knowledge that health practitioners must possess 2) how novel curricula and education approaches can be created to bridge this gap 3) how institutions can collaborate to form educational coalitions.
This webinar is co-hosted by the Center for the Environment and Health at Massachusetts General Hospital and the MGH Institute of Health Professions (IHP) Center for Climate Change, Climate Justice, and Health.
Cecilia Sorensen, MD
Cecilia Sorensen, MD is the Director of the Global Consortium on Climate and Health Education at Columbia University, Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Columbia Irving Medical Center and Associate Professor of Environmental Health Sciences at Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University. As a physician-investigator at the nexus of climate change and human health, translating research into policy, clinical action, and education in order to build resilience in vulnerable communities is the focus of her research.