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Survey: Most Health Care Professionals Want Climate Change Education

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Eighty-six percent of health care professionals say that they have a responsibility to inform the public about the health effects of climate change, and 90% say that they need to inform policymakers, according to the results of a survey in The Lancet Planetary Health. But 76% of those surveyed say that they need continuing medical education on climate change and health.

They also said the following would be helpful: policy statements by their professional associations on climate change and health, action alerts on when and how to advocate with policymakers, training to communicate effectively about climate change and health, and patient education materials.

The Physicians Committee has free continuing medical education courses available to health care professionals and anyone else who wants to learn more about climate change and health: Eating as if the World Depends On It, Eating for the Planet: The Environmental Impacts of Dietary Choices, and Food, Health, and Environment: A Potential Pathway to a Double Win.

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