Improving Patient Outcomes in the Dual Crises of Climate Change and COVID-19

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    • Internal Medicine
    • Deputy Editor at New England Journal of Medicine

    Dr. Caren Solomon is a Deputy Editor at the New England Journal of Medicine , an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and a physician at the Fish Center for Women’s Health at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. At the Journal, she founded and edits the Clinical Practice series; handles Clinical Problem Solving cases, Interactive Medical cases, and Original Articles related to women's health; and has published on climate change and health. Dr. Solomon co-chairs the Harvard Medical School Faculty Council’s subcommittee on climate change.

     

    • Anesthesiology
    • Associate Professor of Anesthesiology, and Epidemiology in Environmental Health Sciences at Yale University

    Jodi Sherman is Associate Professor of Anesthesiology at Yale School of Medicine, and Associate Professor of Epidemiology in Environmental Health Sciences and Director of the Program on Healthcare Environmental Sustainability at the Yale Center on Climate Change and Health at the Yale School of Public Health. She is also MEdical Director of Sustainability iat Yale-New Haven Health System.  Dr. Sherman is an internationally recognized researcher in the emerging field of sustainability in clinical care.  Her research interest is in life cycle assessment (LCA) of environmental emissions, human health impacts, and economic impacts of drugs, devices, clinical care pathways, and health systems. Her work seeks to establish sustainability metrics, paired with health outcomes and costs, to help guide clinical decision-making and professional behaviors toward more ecologically sustainable practices to improve the quality, safety and value of clinical care and to protect public health. Dr. Sherman routinely collaborates with environmental engineers, epidemiologists, toxicologists, health economists, health administrators, health professionals, and sustainability professionals. Dr. Sherman is Founding Director of the Yale Center for Healthcare Environmental Sustainability.

    • Pediatrics
    • Interim Director of the Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

    Dr. Aaron Bernstein is the Interim Director of the Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (Harvard C-CHANGE), a pediatrician at Boston Children’s Hospital, and an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. He focuses on the health impacts of the climate crisis on children’s health and advancing solutions to address its causes to improve the health and wellbeing of children around the world. Dr. Bernstein, through a program called Climate MD at Harvard C-CHANGE, is leading an effort to encourage physicians to transform climate change from an issue dominated by politics and concerns about the future or faraway places, to one that matters to every person’s health here and now.

    He is a trusted voice for major news outlets, providing interviews and expertise to reporters from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, NBC News, CNN, and The Guardian, and writing articles for the New England Journal of Medicine, the British Medical Journal, and the Boston Globe, among others. In 2019, Dr. Bernstein testified before Congress on the child health impacts of climate change, drawing from his personal experience as a pediatrician having to treat children with breathing difficulties, vector-borne diseases, and trauma from natural disasters.

    • Emergency Medicine
    • Climate Crisis & Health
    Emergency Medicine Physician with an Expertise in the Climate Crisis, Health, and Health Care
    Emergency Medicine Physician with an Expertise in the Climate Crisis, Health, and Health Care
    • Emergency Medicine Attending at Massachusetts General Hospital

    Renee N. Salas, MD, MPH, MS is an emergency medicine physician in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. She is also a Yerby Fellow at the Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment (Harvard C-CHANGE) at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Affiliated Faculty and previous Burke Fellow at the Harvard Global Health Institute (HGHI).

    Dr. Salas focuses her career on the climate crisis and health, especially on translating and applying existing knowledge to different sectors. Dr. Salas has contributed content for the Climate Crisis and Health topic page for The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), such as the Interactive Perspective, an editorial, and other Perspective articles. She served as a Course Director for The Climate Crisis and Clinical Practice symposium which launched the broader Initiative in February 2020. She also served as the lead author for the 2018 and 2019 Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change U.S. Brief and manages the 50+ organizations that are a part of the Lancet Countdown U.S. Brief Working Group. She is well recognized leader on this subject and has testified before Congress and serves on the planning commitee for the National Academy of Medicine's Climate Change and Human Health Initiative. Another career focus is the generation of new knowledge as she engages in research to better understand how climate change is impacting the healthcare system and how to optimize evidence-based adaptation. She lectures on climate and health nationally and internationally, has published in other high impact journals, and her work and expertise has been featured in numerous mainstream media outlets like the New York Times, NPR, Time, and the Associated Press.

    Her Doctor of Medicine is from the innovative five-year medical school program to train physician-investigators at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine with a Master of Science in Clinical Research from the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Her Master of Public Health degree is from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health with a concentration in environmental health.

     

     

  • Dr. Lee is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Dr. Lee is a National Institutes of Health-funded physician-scientist with transdisciplinary training and expertise in environmental health as well as mechanisms applied to environmental health studies. Dr. Lee’s research has focused on the role of physical environmental factors (e.g., household air pollution via personal exposure assessments and ambient air pollution based on land use regressions incorporating satellite data) alone or in conjunction with social risk factors (e.g., psychosocial stress, other socioeconomic risk factors) in explaining health risk as well as examining health disparities in low- and middle-income countries or lower-income urban populations. Dr. Lee is particularly interested in environmental influences in the prenatal and early childhood periods involved in the programming of chronic disease risk.  

  • Dr. Lauren Zajac is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental Medicine and Public Health and the Department of Pediatrics at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She is a pediatrician who received fellowship training in pediatric environmental health. Dr. Zajac serves as a pediatrician at the Region 2 Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit (serving NJ, NY, PR and USVI). She is also faculty at the Graduate School in Public Health, teaching two MPH courses and serving as a track advisor for the Environmental Health Sciences Track. Dr. Zajac is the director of the Children's Environmental Health elective program at Mount Sinai. She is the Clinical Director of the New York State Children's Environmental Health Centers network. Dr. Zajac is also an elected member of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) executive committee for the Council on Environmental Health.

    • Pediatrics

    Dr. Perry Sheffield is an Associate Professor in Environmental Medicine and Public Health and Pediatrics at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City where she is the Deputy Director of the U.S. EPA Region 2 Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit.  She completed her MD at the Medical College of Georgia, Pediatrics residency at Johns Hopkins, and a Pediatric Environmental Health fellowship and MPH at Mount Sinai. Her research focuses on the health effects of climate change and adaptation strategies with a focus on children.  She is also adjunct faculty at Columbia Mailman Climate and Health program.

  •  Emily Senay, MD, MPH is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Department of Environmental Medicine and Public Health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS) in New York City. She is a clinician at the World Trade Center Health Program, Center of Clinical Excellence. She is former Chair of Sustain Mount Sinai, the executive sustainability committee for Mount Sinai Health System and founder of Clinical Climate Change, an annual academic conference for allied health professionals in New York City through the Institute for Exposomic Research at ISMMS.  She studies the impact of healthcare delivery on the climate crisis and opportunities for health systems as business entities to reduce their environmental footprints and operational costs. She is teacher and mentor in the medical and graduate schools with specific expertise in the drivers and health impacts of the climate crisis and sustainability practices. Dr. Senay was a broadcast news health and medical correspondent for more than 20 years with CBS News and PBS News. She is a frequently invited speaker and moderator for medical, scientific and lay audiences. She received her MD and MPH from ISMMS in New York City, and her BA from the University of Chicago. She is board certified in General Preventive Medicine.

     

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