Every person’s health is at risk from climate change. The Center for the Environment and Health (CEH) at Massachusetts General Hospital provides patient education resources to help you protect yourself from the effects of climate change and lead a more sustainable lifestyle.
Below are links to educational seminar recordings about topics related to the intersection of climate change, environment and health.
An Overview of Heat-Related Illness in a Climate-Changing World (a Blum Center program)
In this video, experts discuss the impact of extreme heat, risk factors, signs and symptoms, treatment options, and ways to prevent a heat-related illness.
Vector-Borne Diseases in a Climate-Changing World (a Blum Center program)
In this video, experts discuss the impact of climate change on the spread of diseases carried by fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes.
Mental Health Impacts of Climate Change (a Blum Center program)
In this video, learn about the impacts of extreme heat and weather, poor air quality, hurricanes, flooding, rising sea levels, and post-disaster health challenges on mental health.
Health Care Sustainability Initiatives to Promote Waste Reduction (a Blum Center program)
In this video, learn more about the impacts of waste on our climate-changing environment and health, and health care sustainability initiatives, such as recycling medical supplies, to help reduce waste.
Extreme Weather Guides
Extreme weather guides in English
Guías de clima extremo en español
Air Pollution and Health (PDF)
CEH breaks down air pollution, including how it impacts health and who is most at risk for health complications because of it.
Environmental Impact of Menstrual Products (PDF)
CEH provides a comparison of disposable and reusable menstrual period products in the United States.
Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) in Massachusetts (PDF)
PFAS are environmentally persistent chemicals that are widely used in products such as non-stick cookware, water-repellent clothing, and firefighting foam. The Massachusetts PFAS Interagency Task Force convenes legislators, agency officials, PFAS experts, and other stakeholders to develop a policy framework that addresses PFAS along their entire lifecycle.
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The Center for the Environment and Health (CEH) works with leadership at Mass General to integrate environmental sustainability into the clinical, research and educational activities of the hospital.