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The Climate-Health Imperative: A Call to Action for Health Care and Biomedicine

Show Floor, Sky Stage
October 10, 2023
Dr. Leana Wen
The Washington Post
Chethan Sathya, MD, MSc
Northwell Health
Lloyd Minor
Stanford School of Medicine
Darla Silva
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This discussion features Liz, Darla Silva from UNICEF USA, and Dr. Lloyd Minor from Stanford University School of Medicine. The topic of focus is climate change as a public health issue. They highlight how climate change affects different aspects of health, such as introducing new infectious diseases, wildfires contributing to respiratory diseases, and flooding in communities. An emphasis is made on its impact on children, with climate change seen as a major threat to their global health and well-being. The institutions the speakers are linked with are addressing the issue through research, sustainable practices, lowering carbon footprint and building climate resilient health facilities. They believe partnership and collaboration is key to bringing about change. They also call for support for frontline healthcare workers and continued innovation in healthcare, including attention to neglected diseases.

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