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Healthy Planet, Healthy Patients

AMSA’s Environmental Health Action Committee recently hosted an AMSA Activism Update where we learned how the health of our planets and patients are interconnected. Read the summary and watch the video below!   The quality of our health depends less on the quality of our health care system than on the environment we live in....

Dear Patients—A Note on Climate Change by Current, Retired and Future Doctors and Nurses

AMSA’s Environmental Health Action Committee joined a coalition of health professional organizations in sending a letter to our future patients about the risks to health posed by climate change. Take a look at our letter below, and add your name here to the list of over 5,000 medical professionals and trainees endorsing this message.  ...

The Link Between Climate Change and Mental Health

Written by the AMSA Environmental Health Action Committee This post is a series of mental health pieces from the AMSA WSL Committee Extreme weather events, such as heat waves, hurricanes and floods, are becoming increasingly more common as Earth’s climate continues to change.  Weather events and natural disasters can affect health by exacerbating symptoms of...

Uphold your Hippocratic Oath by advocating for action on climate change

Written by AMSA Environmental Health Action Committee Co-Chairs Heidi Schoomaker, Haley Probst, and Marcela Betancourt, published in KevinMD, October 5, 2020 Dear Class of 2024, You are embarking on a career in medicine during one of the most pivotal times in our nation’s history. Each of you has an intimate experience with COVID-19, whether through...