Educating Physicians

Educating Physicians

Healthcare workers – doctors, nurses, mental health therapists – are some of the most trusted professionals by people. We look to them when we are sick and want to get better and when we are well and want to prevent getting sick. Because of this trust, they need to be armed with the knowledge and practice of how climate change will affect the health of their patients and how to talk about it with them. BRACE-Illinois has partnered with a number of medical associations to provide CME and CE approved trainings for their members on how climate change will affect the health of their clients, what they can do about it, and how they can talk to their patients about it. We are continuing to reach out to and work with other medical associations. The associations that we have worked with include:

The Illinois Chapter, American Academy of Pediatricians (ICAAP)

BRACE-Illinois provided a two-part webinar series entitled: Preparing Pediatric Providers to Address Health Effects of Climate Change Webinar Series:

  1. Vector-Borne Diseases, Public Health Implications from Floods, and Mental Health Concerns
  2. Heat-Related Illness, Asthma, and Allergies

ICAAP provided one free continuing medical education credit per webinar for a possible total of two.

The Illinois Academy of Family Physicians (IAFP)

BRACE-Illinois provided a two-part webinar series entitled: Preparing Family Physicians to Address Health Effects of Climate Change Webinar Series:

  1. Vector-Borne Diseases, Public Health Implications from Floods, and Mental Health Concerns
  2. Heat-Related Illness, Asthma, and Allergies

IAFP provided one free continuing medical education credit per webinar for a possible total of two.

The American Nursing Association – Illinois (ANA-Illinois)

BRACE-Illinois provided a two-part webinar series entitled: Preparing Nurses in Illinois to Address Health Effects of Climate Change Webinar Series:

  1. Vector-Borne Diseases, Public Health Implications from Floods, and Mental Health Concerns
  2. Heat-Related Illness, Asthma, and Allergies

ANA-Illinois provided one free continuing medical education credit per webinar for a possible total of two.

Other Partnerships

BRACE-Illinois partnered with George Mason University, the University of Colorado Denver, Harvard University, Healthcare Without Harm, Practice Greenhealth, and the Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health to develop a three-part webinar series entitled: Climate and Health – An Emergency Medicine Perspective:

  1. Physician Climate Leadership
  2. Preparing for Climate Emergencies
  3. Delivering Climate-Smart Health Care

The University of Illinois at Chicago School of Medicine provided one continuing medical education credit per webinar for a possible total of three.

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