Clinicians are among the most credible messengers on the importance of environmental protection and climate action. All of us can think of doctor or nurse we’ve interacted with at some point, and who we trusted enough to turn to for help and guidance when we’re sick.
During the Flint Water Crisis, pediatrician Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha raised the alarm on the toxic levels of lead showing up in the children she served. Clinicians are often on the front lines of dealing with the consequences of an unhealthy environment and how that makes our families and communities unhealthy as well.
Ohio Clinicians for Climate Action is a statewide group of doctors, nurses, and other health professionals who know that how we treat the environment affects our health. OCCA clinicians regularly advocate for their patients through offering credible, health-based perspectives on environmental policy.
You will find OCCA participants in your local paper, in the halls of the Statehouse testifying against efforts to roll back clean energy progress, and on social media raising awareness about the way clean air, water, and land affects the overall well-being of Ohio families.
To be healthy, kids need clean air, clean water, healthy food, and safe places to live, get around, and play. Stewardship of a healthy environment also safeguards a healthy future for our children as they grow to adulthood, and for future generations. My patient care can’t end in the doctor’s office. That’s why I’ve worked to found Ohio Clinicians for Climate Action, and use my voice to ensure environmental policy in Ohio fosters healthy communities for Ohio’s children.” -Dr. Aparna Bole Pediatrician, Cleveland, OH
Clinicians media hits
Opinion: Energy efficiency boosts Ohio’s economy Canton Repository Op-Ed by Dr. David Phillips
Ohio’s nuclear bailout bill will hurt children’s health Cleveland.com Op-Ed by Dr. Aparna Bole and Dr. Kristie Ross
Aparna Bole, MD, Interim Division Chief, General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, UH Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital
Kristie Ross, MD, Division Chief, Pediatric Pulmonology, Allergy and Immunology, UH Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital
William Hardie, MD, Pediatric Pulmonologist, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital
Lauren Kleinman Koch, MA, MENR, Associate Director, Climate and Health, Practice GreenHealth
Mona Sarfaty, MD MPH FAAFP, Director of the Medical Society on Climate and Health, Center for Climate Change Communication at George Mason University
Andrew Schamess, MD, Internal Medicine, Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
Chris Siracusa, MD, Associate Director, Cystic Fibrosis Center, Pediatric Pulmonologist, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital