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  • ACOEM Comments on Climate Change Appeal

    American Academy of Pediatrics ▪ American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine ▪ American College of Preventive Medicine ▪ American Lung Association ▪ American Medical Association ▪ American Nurses Association ▪ American Public Health Association ▪ American Thoracic Society ▪ Association of State and Territorial Health Officials ▪ Children’s Environmental Health Network ▪ Health Care without Harm ▪ Hepatitis Foundation International ▪ National Association of County and City Health Officials ▪ National Association of Local Boards of Health ▪ National Environmental Health Association ▪ Partnership for Prevention ▪ Physicians for Social Responsibility ▪ Trust for America’s Health  

    September 28, 2010

    The White House
    Washington, DC 20500

    The United States Senate
    Washington, DC 20510

    The United States House of Representatives
    Washington, DC 20515

    To President Obama, Members of the United States Senate and Members of the United States House of Representatives,

    Climate change is a serious public health issue. As temperatures rise, more Americans will be exposed to conditions that can result in illness and death due to respiratory illness, heat- and weather-related stress and disease carried by insects. These health issues are likely to have the greatest impact on our most vulnerable communities, including children, older adults, those with serious health conditions and the most economically disadvantaged.

    The latest assessment from the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP), the Global Climate Change Impacts in the U.S., states that “Climate change poses unique challenges to human health…. There are direct health impacts from heat waves and severe storms, ailments caused or exacerbated by air pollution and airborne allergens, and many climate-sensitive infectious diseases.”

    As public health professionals, we are writing to urge you to recognize the threat to public health posed by climate change and to support measures that will reduce these risks and strengthen the ability of our local, state and federal public health agencies to prepare for and respond to the impacts of climate change.

    In order to prepare for changes already under way, it is essential to strengthen our public health system so it is able to protect our communities from the health effects of heat waves, wildfires, floods, droughts, infectious diseases, and other events. But we must also address the root of the problem, which means reducing the emissions that contribute to climate change. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is responsible for protecting the public’s health from climate change, and we urge you to fully support the EPA in fulfilling its responsibilities. We also urge opposition to any efforts to weaken, delay or block the EPA from protecting the public’s health from these risks.

    To provide the most complete protection for Americans, Congress should resume efforts to pass clean energy and climate legislation that includes strong provisions to protect public health adequately and appropriately. If our organizations may be of further assistance, please contact Don Hoppert with the American Public Health Association at 202-777-2514. 

    Sincerely,

    National organizations   
      

    American Academy of Pediatrics
    American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
    American College of Preventive Medicine
    American Lung Association
    American Medical Association
    American Nurses Association
    American Public Health Association
    American Thoracic Society
    Association of State and Territorial Health Officials

    Children's Environmental Health Network
    Health Care without Harm
    Hepatitis Foundation International
    National Association of County and City Health Officials
    National Association of Local Boards of Health
    National Environmental Health Association
    Partnership for Prevention
    Physicians for Social Responsibility
    Trust for America's Health
      
    State and local organizations and health professionals   
      

    Alaska Alaska Public Health Association

    Arizona
    Arizona Physicians for Social Responsibility

    California
    California Public Health Association
    North Sacramento Physicians for Social Responsibility
    Los Angeles Physicians for Social Responsibility
    San Francisco Physicians for Social Responsibility
    Southern California Public Health Association

    Colorado
    Colorado Physicians for Social Responsibility

    Connecticut
    Association of School Nurses of Connecticut
    Connecticut Public Health Association
    Farmington Valley Health District

    Delaware
    American Lung Association of Delaware

    Florida
    Tampa Physicians for Social Responsibility
    Florida Physicians for Social Responsibility

    Georgia
    Georgia Public Health Association

    Hawaii
    Hawaii Public Health Association

    Iowa
    Iowa Physicians for Social Responsibility

    Idaho
    Idaho Public Health Association

    Illinois
    Autism Society of Illinois
    Illinois Maternal and Child Health Coalition
    Illinois Nurses Association
    Illinois Public Health Association
    Learning Disabilities Association of Illinois
    Respiratory Health Association of Metropolitan Chicago
    Brynn Weimer, Physical Therapist

    Indiana
    Indiana Public Health Association

    Kansas
    Kansas Public Health Association
    Physicians for Social Responsibility -- Kansas City
    Ann Suellentrop, MSRN

    Massachusetts
    Central Massachusetts Physicians for Social Responsibility
    Pioneer Valley Physicians for Social Responsibility
    Greater Boston Physicians for Social Responsibility
    Paul R. Epstein, MD, MPH

    Maryland
    Maryland Public Health Association
    Baltimore Physicians for Social Responsibility

    Maine
    Maine Physicians for Social Responsibility
    Maine Public Health Association

    Michigan
    Ingham County Health Department
    Michigan Public Health Association
    Hal Morgenstern, Professor, Environmental Health Sciences, University of Michigan School of Public Health

    Missouri
    City of Kansas City, MO Health Department
    Missouri Public Health Association
    Leesa Hemkens, RN
    Lorraine Kerksiek, Administrator
    Melissa Sutton, Patient Technician, Boone Hospital Center
    Rory Abberton, EMT-P
    Sarah Hempkens, LPN

    Montana
    Andy Puckett, MD
    Benjamin Schmidt, Air Quality Specialist
    Beth Schenk, RN
    Carolyn Goren, Physician (retired)
    Georgia Milan, MD
    Dr. Greg Lind, Physician
    Dr. James Wiggins, Physician
    John Beighle, MD
    Marcia Hanks, APRN, CNM
    Mary Huddle, APRN, CNM
    Nancy Wiggins, Nurse Practitioner
    Paul Gazzo, RN
    Paul Loehnen, Physician (retired)

    North Carolina
    Asthma Alliance of North Carolina
    North Carolina Public Health Association
    Western North Carolina Physicians for Social Responsibility

    North Dakota
    Barry Milavetz, PhD
    Christie Iverson, MD
    Herbert J. Wilson, MD
    James B. Buhr, MD
    Sharon E. Buhr, MPH.
    Wanda Agnew, PhD, LRD -- Public Health Dietitian

    Nebraska
    Omaha Greater Area Physicians for Social Responsibility
    Public Health Association of Nebraska

    New Mexico
    New Mexico Physicians for Social Responsibility
    New Mexico Public Health Association
    Bernalillo Community Health Council
    Bill Monroe, RN
    Phil Marcus, President New Mexico Nurse Practitioner Council

    Nevada
    Nevada Public Health Association
    American Lung Association in Nevada

    New York
    New York State Public Health Association
    Patrick L. Kinney, ScD, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University

    Ohio
    Northeast Ohio Physicians for Social Responsibility
    Ohio Public Health Association
    Anna M. Winfield, MD, MPH, FAAP
    Antonnette Graham, PhD, University Educator and Researcher
    David G. Litaker, MD, PhD, Associate Program Director, University Hospitals Case Medical Center Preventive Medicine and Public Health Residency
    J. Mac Crawford, RN, MS, PhD, Assistant Professor of Clinical Public Health, OSU College of Public Health
    Jason Chao, MD
    Kathleen Morris, MSA, RN
    Mary Lynne Zahler, MA, CHES, CWP, LSW, CFLE, CCLS

    Oregon
    Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility  

    Pennsylvania
    American Academy of Pediatrics, Pennsylvania Chapter
    American Lung Association of Pennsylvania
    Erie County Board of Health
    Pennsylvania Public Health Association
    Philadelphia Physicians for Social Responsibility
    Womens Health & Environmental Network
    Duanping Liao, MD, PhD
    Esther Chung, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Jefferson Pediatrics/duPont Children's Health Program
    James Plumb, Director, Center for Urban Health, Thomas Jefferson University and Hospital
    Jeff Yanosky, Sc. D, Assistant Professor, Epidemiology, Public Health Sciences
    Stephen Krebs, MD
    Thomas J. Maroon, MD
    Trina Peduzzi, MD
    Tyra Bryant-Stephens, Director, Community Asthma Prevention Program, Children's Hospital on Philadelphia
    Walter Tsou, MD, MPH

    Rhode Island
    Rhode Island State Nurses Association

    South Dakota
    South Dakota Public Health Association

    Texas
    Austin Physicians for Social Responsibility

    Utah
    Utah Public Health Association

    Virginia
    Carol A Maxwell, RN
    Marilyn S. LeGrow, RN
    Wynne V. LeGrow, MD

    Vermont
    Vermont Public Health Association

    Washington Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility
    Washington State Public Health Association
    Patricia Butterfield, RN, PhD, Professor WSU College of Nursing
    Phyllis Eide, RN, PhD, Professor WSU College of Nursing

    Wisconsin
    Wisconsin Physicians for Social Responsibility
    Wisconsin Public Health Association