Obama enlists hospitals, medical professionals to fight health hazards of climate change – FierceHealthcare

The White House says it will look to the medical community to make the case that climate change poses significant health risks and to help reduce these potential harms.

“Rising temperatures can lead to more smog, longer allergy seasons and an increased incidence of extreme-weather-related injuries” that will especially affect children, the elderly, the poor and the sick, according to an announcement. “Ultimately, though, all of our families are going to be vulnerable. You can’t cordon yourself off from air or from climate,” President Barack Obama said to a group at Howard University on Tuesday, according to the Washington Post.

To help healthcare leaders join the effort, the Department of Health and Human Services and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will release a “Health Care Facilities Toolkit,” which offers fact sheets, checklists and case studies that illustrate best practices for creating a healthcare infrastructure that is resilient to the threat of climate change.

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