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‘Connecting the Dots: Air Pollution, Climate, and Health’

April 9 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

On Saturday April 9 from 9am-12pm, join medical professionals who will describe the health impacts of air pollution caused by climate change, the clinical tools to recognize and address these health impacts, and make recommendations for future advocacy in the clinic and in the community.

Panel 1: The health, economic, and equity impacts of air pollution

  • Dr. Daniel Faber (Professor of Sociology, Northeastern): The Unresolved Ecological Crisis:  Towards a More Transformative Environmental Justice Politics
  • Dr. Jennifer Weuve (Associate Professor of Epidemiology, Boston University School of Public Health): The potential toll of air pollution on our aging brains: mechanisms and evidence
  • Dr. Francesca Dominici (Co-director, Harvard Data Science Initiative, Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health): Data science to understand the link between air pollution and COVID-19
  • Dr. Karen Clay (Professor of Economics and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon): The economic impacts of air pollution 

Panel 2: How clinicians can mitigate the health effects of air pollution driven climate change

  • Dr. Alexander Rabin (Clinical Director of Occupational and Environmental Lung Disease at the VA Ann Arbor Health Care System, University of Michigan): Air Pollution and Climate Change: Two Birds, One Stone
  • Dr. Philip Landrigan (Director, Program for Global Public Health, Boston College): The Health Impacts of Air Pollution in the Cities and Towns of Massachusetts
  • Dr. Sanjay Rajagopalan (Chair of Cardiology, Case Western Reserve University):  Mitigating Cardiovascular Health Effects of Climate Change and Air Pollution

Panel 3: Community solutions to air pollution

  • David Wittenberg, Assistant Attorney General, Environmental Crimes Strike Force: Environmental Enforcement and Public Health
  • Dr. Maryann Sargent, Research scientist, Harvard University School of Engineering and Applied Sciences: How to improve US urban natural gas emissions inventories
  • Lesly Melendez, Deputy Director of Groundwork Lawrence: Community Solutions to Climate Change and Air Pollution
  • Latifa Ziyad, Resiliency planning coordinator, NOAH: B-Eastie Air conditions: NOAH’s program for improving air quality, in schools, businesses, and community hot spots
  • Dr. Gaurab Basau Co-director of the CHA Center for Health Equity Education and Advocacy at Harvard: Air Pollution, Structural Racism, And Health Equity – A call for action

The talk is free and open to the public as well as health professionals. Sponsored by the Greater Boston Physicians for Social Responsibility and Environmental and Occupational Health Committee, Massachusetts Medical Society.

Agenda | Speaker Bios