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Public Health Leaders Unveil Blueprint for Tackling Climate Change
Date:3/31/2008

Landmark Document Represents Emerging Consensus of Top Health and Climate Experts, Includes Recommendations for Health Professionals and the Public

WASHINGTON, March 31 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Public Health Association (APHA) today unveiled its first-ever blueprint for combating the health impacts of climate change, representing the culmination of a process involving some of the nation's leading public health and climate change experts. The blueprint will receive nationwide attention in the coming weeks as 50,000 members of APHA and its Affiliates along with its many partners celebrate National Public Health Week 2008, April 7-13, with the theme Climate Change: Our Health in the Balance.

"Public health professionals are uniquely positioned to lead the way in addressing the health impacts of climate change," said Georges Benjamin, MD, FACP, FACEP (E), executive director of APHA. "They can help make real progress by emphasizing preparedness, prevention, research, partnerships and policy. This blueprint for tackling climate change is a concrete step toward that goal."

"Global warming could be one of the top challenges facing the public health community today," said former U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher, MD, PhD, who is the director of the Center for Excellence on Health Disparities at Morehouse School of Medicine and director of the Satcher Health Leadership Institute. "It presents challenges nearly unprecedented in scope, scale and difficulty - especially when it comes to our most vulnerable populations, who are the most at risk. We must respond accordingly."

The blueprint, which includes recommendations for both health professionals and the public, was developed through a collaborative process that culminated in a recent summit convened by APHA that included health and climate change experts from around the country. It was unveiled as part of the Association of Health Care Journalists annual conference.
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