14 episodes

How does climate change affect health? And what can medical professionals do about it?

Those are the very questions we hope to answer here on Code Green: The Climate-Smart Health Professional. In each episode of this series, we’ll highlight the intersections of climate change and health by exploring patient case studies that exemplify the climate-health nexus and by spotlighting planetary health curriculum initiatives at medical schools around the world.

Hosted by Genny Silva, edited by Liana Haigis, and produced by Natasha Sood and Sarah Hsu.

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How does climate change affect health? And what can medical professionals do about it?

Those are the very questions we hope to answer here on Code Green: The Climate-Smart Health Professional. In each episode of this series, we’ll highlight the intersections of climate change and health by exploring patient case studies that exemplify the climate-health nexus and by spotlighting planetary health curriculum initiatives at medical schools around the world.

Hosted by Genny Silva, edited by Liana Haigis, and produced by Natasha Sood and Sarah Hsu.

    13. Case Study: The Climate Impact on Anxiety and Panic Attacks

    13. Case Study: The Climate Impact on Anxiety and Panic Attacks

    In this episode we speak to Dr. Carissa Klarich, Dr. Jennifer Robohm, and Dr. Robin Cooper, co-authors of a case emphasizing the connection between climate change, anxiety, and panic disorder. Check out their written case (adaptable for medical school curricula) at Climate Resources for Health Education: https://climatehealthed.org/course/anxiety/. In addition to podcast participants, case development was led by Caellaugh Catley.

    Resources mentioned:


    Landmark Montana climate case
    https://www.nytimes.com/2023/08/14/us/montana-youth-climate-ruling.html
    Caellaugh Catley’s climate efforts
    https://sustainability.wustl.edu/student-represents-school-of-medicine-at-cleanmed-conference/

    Episode written by Phoebe Cunningham and Elizabeth Whidden, Produced by Natasha Sood, and Edited by Liana Haigis. 

    • 46 min
    12. Leading Medical Trainee Planetary Health Education

    12. Leading Medical Trainee Planetary Health Education

    Learn about climate change career paths & advocacy efforts within the field of med ed during this conversation with Dr. Farah Hussain, first-ever Director of Planetary Health Curriculum at the Perelman School of Medicine.Relevant links mentioned in episode:

    - IPCC report https://www.ipcc.ch/sr15/2:49

    - Lancet countdown on climate & health homepage https://www.thelancet.com/countdown-health-climate

    - Ayana Elizabeth Johnson's venn diagram on climate action https://www.ayanaelizabeth.com/climatevenn

    • 27 min
    11. Community Resilience and Physician Advocacy (with Dr. Lisa Patel)

    11. Community Resilience and Physician Advocacy (with Dr. Lisa Patel)

    We’re releasing this episode from the archives (recorded in 2021) – an interview between Dr. Lisa Patel and our podcast editor & Brown University student, Liana Haigis.

    Dr. Patel is the Executive Director of the Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health and a Clinical Associate Professor in Pediatrics for Stanford Children's Health. This episode’s conversation covers a lot of ground, including the unique vulnerabilities of pediatric patients to climate change, wildfires & hospital power outages, and community resilience. Dr. Patel discusses key learnings about environmental justice and physician advocacy, her focus areas.

    Below are two articles that she highlights in this episode:- Confronting Carbon Inequality  https://www.oxfam.org/en/research/confronting-carbon-inequality- Reparations as a Public Health Priority – A Strategy for Ending Black-White Health Disparities  https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMp2026170

    • 25 min
    10. Case Study: Global Infectious Disease & Our Changing Climate

    10. Case Study: Global Infectious Disease & Our Changing Climate

    Dr. Terry O’Connor, Dr. Nuzhat Islam, and MD-PhD candidate Douglas Fritz walk with us through their clinical case highlighting the impact of climate change on arboviral infectious disease. Check out their written case (adaptable for medical school curricula) at Climate Resources for Health Education here: https://climatehealthed.org/course/arboviruses/

    Dr. O’Connor is an instructor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Washington and Director of the Diploma in Climate Medicine at the University of Colorado Climate and Health Program. Dr. Islam is a second year internal medicine resident at the University of California in San Diego and a co-founder of the Planetary Health Report Card. Douglas is a second year MD/PhD student at the University of Colorado and one of the vice chairs for Medical Students for a Sustainable Future.

    Hosted by Genny Silva

    Edited by Liana Haigis

    • 33 min
    9. Cleveland Clinic’s Integrative Climate-Health Medical Curriculum

    9. Cleveland Clinic’s Integrative Climate-Health Medical Curriculum

    In this episode, we speak with medical student James Sullivan from the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University about the process of creating an integrated climate-health curriculum at the medical school. 

    If you want to learn more, check out this journal article about the Cleveland Clinic’s climate-health curricular design: Climate Change and Medical Education: An Integrative Model (https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/34432714/)

    Episode written by Genny Silva, Produced by Natasha Sood, and Edited by Liana Haigis

    • 30 min
    8. Case study: Neurodegenerative Disease, Heat & Air Pollution

    8. Case study: Neurodegenerative Disease, Heat & Air Pollution

    In this episode, we talk with Dr. Heather Whelan, Kelsey Barter, and Hossein Moein Taghavi about the connections between heat, air pollution, and neurodegenerative disease. Dr. Whelan is a Professor of Medicine at University of California San Francisco, Kelsey is a medical student at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, and Hossein is a research assistant at Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Whelan, Kelsey, and Hossein wrote this case as part of the Climate Resources for Health Education (CRHE) initiative (Case OSS9.2). Join us as we dive into this patient case!To learn more about CRHE head over to climatehealthed.org. Episode written by Genny Silva, Produced by Natasha Sood, and Edited by Liana Haigis

    • 28 min

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