Doctors for Climate Health

The American Lung Association in Ohio recently launched Doctors for Climate Health, a campaign that highlights the medical and health community’s support for Ohio’s leadership on clean air and climate policies. Together, we are working to create healing environments that extend beyond hospital walls by tackling one of the most serious public health challenges of our day.

Why should you join this campaign?

  • The World Health Organization has asserted that climate change is poised to be one of the biggest health threats of the 21st century. Scientists say that warmer temperatures can enhance the conditions for lethal air pollutants, including ozone and particle pollution, and increase the risk of unhealthy air in Ohio and large parts of the U.S.
  • The derivative health impacts of climate change include morbidity and mortality due to extreme weather, disruption of the food supply, increased respiratory and cardiovascular disease, spread of vector borne disease, scarcity of safe potable water, and direct heat stress. In fact, climate change is already causing tens of thousands of deaths every year, and this number is projected to rise exponentially.
  • The 2014 ALA State of the Air reported that Cleveland, Akron, Canton, Cincinnati and Dayton still ranked in the worst 50 cities in the nation for long-term particle pollution.
  • As physicians who have committed to “First do no harm,” we have an obligation to inform our patients on all contributing factors to their disease state, including environmental, and support clean air policies that will improve our patients’ health.
  • In surveys of the public, health professionals consistently rank as the most trusted messengers on the impacts of climate change. Therefore, health professionals have a powerful voice in getting the public to understand that climate change is real, important to them and something we must take action to prevent.

The Doctors for Climate Health campaign is working to move Ohio forward to cleaner, healthier air that will reduce costly health emergencies and improve public health.

How do I participate?

  • Contact Linda Diamond at to submit a headshot or picture with a brief statement (1-3 sentences) on why climate health is important to you as a medical professional.

The Pollen Line is now closed. See you in the spring!

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