Q&A: When fighting climate change, don’t overlook health equity – American Medical Association

by | Aug 24, 2022 | Climate Change

From heat-related injuries, vector-borne diseases and air pollution from wildfires to worsening seasonal allergies and storm-related illness and injuries, patients are already facing adverse health effects associated with climate change. And like the COVID-19 pandemic, the climate crisis will disproportionately impact the health of historically marginalized communities.

That is why AMA member Jerry Abraham, MD, MPH, CMQ—a family physician and director of Kedren Vaccines at Kedren Health in Los Angeles, which is a lead responder for COVID-19 testing, vaccinations and therapeutics, providing more than 450,000 tests and more than 300,000 vaccines—has made it his mission to advocate for climate change.

“Climate change is in everyone’s lane and we’re all going to have to come together, from all sectors,” said Dr. Abraham, “especially from health and health care, where we are not only going to be impacted as individuals and members of society, but as those who are going to have to respond, mitigate, adapt and education people about what to do.”

“I’m doing my role and my little part, but I’m really excited to see the big role that AMA is playing,” he said. “And I hope that in the future the White House and the federal government continues to see how valuable physicians and health professionals are in this work around improving the health of the climate.”

In an interview with the AMA, Dr. Abraham discussed the importance of climate change.   

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