APHA 2017 Annual Meeting in Atlanta Focused on Climate Change
The American Public Health Association (APHA) held its 2017 annual meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, and the theme was “Creating the Healthiest Nation: Climate Changes Health.” The meeting location itself embodied the “green” theme: The Georgia World Congress Center is one of the 15 largest LEED-certified buildings in the world.
Climate change is one of the nation’s greatest and most urgent public health challenges, and public health professionals need to work together to protect all communities from its impact.
What Was Discussed in Atlanta?
Leaders on climate change took the stage in Atlanta to discuss the future of environmental health and social justice. Climate change is affecting all populations and communities, but vulnerable populations are more likely to feel the greatest impact of events such as extreme weather, a compromised water supply or the spread of vector-borne disease. Often, these vulnerable communities do not have access to proper recovery care in the event of an environmental crisis.
APHA is urging public health professionals to come up with strong, effective climate change strategies and interventions in order to protect the health and livelihood of all populations. It is a critical time for the public health community to work together to combat climate change and its effects.
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