December 17, 2015
Area(s) of Interest: Cultural Competency Environmental Health Patient Care Public Health
The American Lung Association (ALA) is looking for Spanish-speaking physicians to act as lung health spokespersons for its “Doctors for Climate Health” campaign.
This campaign is dedicated to reminding policymakers and the public that clean air saves lives and money. Lethal air pollutants contribute to health emergencies that send people to hospitals, as well as to catastrophic climate change. Air pollution costs Californians $1 billion in asthma hospitalizations each year. Approximately 7,300 Californians die prematurely each year due to polluted air. At least 75 percent of pollution in the state is due to the use of fossil fuels such as gasoline and diesel.
With climate change as one of the most serious current public health challenges, the ALA is looking for physicians who can speak about these lung health issues to the Spanish-language media, as well as over social media. Physicians in particular understand the critical need to educate the public and policymakers on the need to do more to protect our air, our climate and our health.
For more information on joining the campaign, contact Jenny Bard at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also sign up here to publicly join with leading health organizations and medical and health professionals in support of California’s life-saving clean air and clean energy policies.
For more information, visit the ALA’s Doctors for Climate Health page.