MGH Institute to Host Climate Change Symposium April 24

MGH Institute of Health Professions is hosting the day-long virtual symposium “Climate Change & Health 2021: The Intersection of Climate Change, COVID-19, and Structural Racism” on Saturday, April 24, beginning at 9 a.m.

Climate change a growing public health concern that has implications for safety and well-being; nutrition and food security; food, water, and vector-borne diseases; and mental health. Climate change and the social determinants of health are closely aligned, contributing to disparate environmental exposures and health inequalities, as a disproportionate number of low-income individuals, some communities of color, and those with higher vulnerability to disease and chronic health conditions are at risk. 

National experts such as Senator Edward Markey (D-MA), meteorologist Pete Bouchard of NBC10 Boston, and keynote speaker Dr. Renee Salas from the Harvard School of Public Health Center for Climate, Health and the Global Environment and Massachusetts General Hospital, along with faculty from the MGH Institute’s Center for Climate Change, Climate Justice and Health, will address the climate-related health consequences on vulnerable communities and systemic racism with a lens on how COVID-19 disproportionately impacts Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC).

The public is invited to attend. To register or learn more, please go to http://info.mghihp.edu/climate.

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