​PGH Sharing Call: Engaging Physicians in Green Health: Results from Physician Surveys

Recorded On: 02/12/2015

With the support and guidance of the George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communications, the National Medical Association, a society of African American physicians, and the American Thoracic Society, recently conducted surveys of their members to assess the impact climate change is having on patients and patient care. Both studies showed that a majority of respondents are already observing health impacts of climate change among their patients.


  • Participants will learn about the details of a climate change impact survey and clinical engagement and how they were conducted.
  • Participants will learn about the clinical experience of respondents with the impacts of climate change on the health of their patients, including data on how African American
  • patients are being impacted by climate change.
  • Participants will learn about the types of impacts being reported and actions recommended by the surveyed medical professionals


Mona Sarfaty, MD, MPH FAAFP, Director of the Program on Climate and Health, Center for Climate Change Communication

Mona Sarfaty, MD, MPH FAAFP is the Director of the Program on Climate and Health in the Center for Climate Change Communication. The Program collaborates with medical societies and research organizations to increase awareness, research, and preventive activity regarding the health effects of climate change. As a family medicine professor and physician for over 30 years at large academic health centers such as George Washington University Medical Center and Thomas Jefferson University, Dr. Sarfaty has engaged in research and teaching focused on primary care, cancer screening, and public policy, including the health effects of climate change. She has lectured at national and regional venues including medical societies, health plans, health departments, professional organizations, and government conferences. Dr. Sarfaty is the author of widely circulated guides and articles on how to increase cancer screening rates in practice and on improving practice outcomes by using the features of the patient centered medical home. She is also the author of two upcoming book chapters on climate change and health.

Mark Mitchell, MD, MPH FACPM, Chair, National Medical Association's Council on Medical Legislation; Co-charie, NMA's Commission on Environmental Health

Mark Mitchell, MD, MPH FACPM chairs the National Medical Association's Council on Medical Legislation and co-chairs the NMA's Commission on Environmental Health, which trains and coordinates advocacy on behalf of African American physicians and their patients, especially with regard to national chemical policy reform and climate change. Dr. Mitchell is also founder and Senior Policy advisor for the Connecticut Coalition for Environmental Justice. Dr. Mitchell has spent over twenty years working in the public health sector, including as Director of the Hartford, Connecticut Health. He has spent fifteen years working with communities to prevent and reduce environmentally related disease as well as to change policies that are detrimental to environmental health. Dr. Mitchell has served on several U.S. EPA and FDA advisory committees. He has received several awards for his work in environmental health and environmental justice.

Who should attend

Please invite your clinical, community benefit and sustainability teams for an informative discussion around climate change and public health. Participants could include Leadership Team, Chief Medical Officer, Chief Nursing Office, Community Health, Environmental Health & Safety, Sustainability or Green Team, Risk Management, Community Benefit Office, Researchers and Employee Health.

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02/12/2015 Sharing Call Recording
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