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EOH-017: Health Impacts of Climate Change

Health Impacts of Climate Change: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports policies that improve public health by mitigating the adverse effects of climate change, and by encouraging physician awareness of these adverse effects. The Society therefore:

  • Supports educating the medical community on the potential adverse public health effects of climate change and incorporating the health implications of climate change into the spectrum of medical education.
  • Recognizes the importance of physician involvement in policymaking at the state, national and global levels and supports efforts to search for novel, comprehensive and economically sensitive approaches to mitigating climate change to protect the health of the public.
  • Encourages physicians to assist in educating patients and the public on environmentally sustainable practices, and to serve as role models for promoting environmental sustainability.
  • Encourages physicians to work with local and state health departments to strengthen the public health infrastructure to ensure that the global health effects of climate change can be anticipated and responded to more efficiently.
  • Supports epidemiological, translational, clinical and basic science research necessary for evidence-based climate change policy decisions related to health care and treatment.
  • Supports transportation and community design codes that encourage communities to incorporate multimodal transportation systems including sidewalks, dedicated bike paths and mass transit where geographically appropriate.
  • Supports increased use of renewable non-emitting energy sources, increased energy efficiency and fuel emission limitations. (HOD, 0416)