Center for Climate Change, Climate Justice, and Health in the News
WBUR, May 2019: Some Boston doctors bring climate change into the exam room – warily:
"Nurses need to catch up quickly," says Patrice Nicholas, director of the Center for Climate Change, Climate Justice and Health at the MGH Institute of Health Professions. Nicholas attributes the delay, in part, to politics. "Climate change really needs to be reframed as a public health issue," Nicholas says.
Nurse.com, May 2019: Researchers hope to mobilize nurses to help tackle climate change:
How to prepare for climate change and health
At Massachusetts General Hospital, the importance of responding to the impact of climate change was compelling enough to motivate several nurses to launch the Center for Climate Change, Climate Justice and Health within the MGH Institute of Health Professions in the spring of 2018.
“We realized that there are many health professionals who do not understand the negative health consequences of climate change, and our goal is to educate nursing students, practicing nurses and nurse executives about this issue and motivate them to respond,” said Patrice Nicholas, DNSc, MPH, MS, RN, ANP, FAAN, director of the new center.
She hopes to educate more nurses about how the increase in greenhouse gases is linked to a rise in the number of respiratory illnesses such as asthma. The warmer temperatures are also increasing the number of vector-born illnesses such as Lyme disease.
The new center is also committed to achieving climate justice, the concept that those who contribute the least to climate change are the most vulnerable to its impact.