8 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 explore the intersection of climate change and health, summarize the latest research, and share the expertise of current climate-health activists.

Hosted by Natasha Sood and Sarah Hsu, edited by Liana Haigis, and produced by Kali Smolen.

Code Green: The Climate-Smart Health Professional Natasha Sood and Sarah Hsu

    • Health & Fitness
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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 explore the intersection of climate change and health, summarize the latest research, and share the expertise of current climate-health activists.

Hosted by Natasha Sood and Sarah Hsu, edited by Liana Haigis, and produced by Kali Smolen.

    7. Climate Change and Health Equity (with Dr. Gaurab Basu)

    7. Climate Change and Health Equity (with Dr. Gaurab Basu)

    In this episode, we talk with Dr. Gaurab Basu about how climate change, at its core, is a health inequity multiplier and a human rights issue. Dr. Basu is a physician and the founding co-director of the Cambridge Health Alliance Center for Health Equity Education and Advocacy in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is also an instructor in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Join us as we discuss all of this and more! To learn about Dr. Basu’s initiatives, head over to: Gaurab Basu | Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

    Hosted by Natasha Sood

    Written by Natasha Sood & Sarah Hsu

    Edited by Liana Haigis

    Referenced Resources:

    C-CHANGE | Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

    Climate Change Effects On Public Health | Yale School Of Public Health

    • 36 min
    6. Texas Winter Storm Uri: One Year Later

    6. Texas Winter Storm Uri: One Year Later

    From February 13-17th, 2021, Winter Storm Uri devastated much of North America with catastrophic wind, ice and snow. Notably impacted was the state of Texas, which experienced widespread power outages, infrastructure damage and essential resource shortages. Guest hosts Cole Martin and Sarah McWilliam, two students from University of Texas at Austin’s Dell Medical School, examine the effects of the storm on community health and medical practice in today’s episode. They’re joined by Dr. Sarah Scott and fellow medical student Girija Hariprasad to share the experiences of medical professionals during this extreme weather event and what we can do to improve our response to similar climate-related events in the future.

    Hosted by Cole Martin & Sarah McWilliam

    Written by Cole Martin & Sarah McWilliam

    Edited by Liana Haigis

    Episode Transcript

    Referenced Resources:

    The Disconnect: Power, Politics and the Texas Blackout

    Planetary Health Report Card

    Racial Justice Report Card

    • 29 min
    5. Earth Week Special: 2021 Climate and Health Goals (with Let’s Talk Climate)

    5. Earth Week Special: 2021 Climate and Health Goals (with Let’s Talk Climate)

    Our special Earth Week episode is produced in collaboration with ecoAmerica and Climate for Health! Listen as Rebecca Rehr leads a conversation with Dr. Cheryl Holder and Dr. Boris Lushniak, where they discuss opportunities to support health professional leadership and center health equity in climate solutions. They’ll also check the rear view mirror for any lessons learned in 2020 and places to build synergies and collaboration.

    Hosted by Mattie Boehler-Tatman

    Edited by Liana Haigis

    Episode Transcript

    Full Interview and Referenced Resources

    • 43 min
    4. Climate Change and Mental Health (with Dr. Elizabeth Haase)

    4. Climate Change and Mental Health (with Dr. Elizabeth Haase)

    How can we best discuss climate change and mental health with our patients, and what steps can we take to deal with our own climate anxiety? Join us as we discuss all of this and more with our special guest Dr. Elizabeth Haase, a founding member of the Climate Psychiatry Alliance and Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Nevada in Reno. Producer and host Julia Rothschild also details the latest literature on the intersection of climate change and psychiatry. Special thanks to Dr. Haase and the entire Climate Psychiatry Alliance for helping create this episode. To learn more about the Climate Psychiatry Alliance and ways to get involved, head over to their website at https://www.climatepsychiatry.org/.

    Hosted by Julia Rothschild

    Written by Julia Rothschild

    Edited by Liana Haigis

    Episode Transcript

    Referenced Resources:

    Climate Change and Mental Health Connections

    • 19 min
    3. Climate Change and Ciguatera Fish Poisoning (with Dr. Mindy Richlen)

    3. Climate Change and Ciguatera Fish Poisoning (with Dr. Mindy Richlen)

    Let’s talk climate change and Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs)! In this episode, we’re joined by Dr. Mindy Richlen, Assistant Director of the U.S. National Office for Harmful Algal Blooms and member of the Greater Caribbean Center for Ciguatera Research, to discuss:


    How climate change is contributing to the global expansion of HABs.

    How HABs can cause a debilitating and underdiagnosed illness known as Ciguatera Fish Poisoning.

    What this all means for healthcare providers!

    Given the changing geographic patterns of ciguatera due to climate change, we want to make sure all healthcare professionals are well-equipped to diagnose and manage patients with suspected Ciguatera Fish Poisoning. Make sure to catch our Ciguatera case study at the end of the episode!

    Hosted by Sarah Hsu

    Written by Kelly Williamson

    Edited by Liana Haigis

    Episode Transcript

    Referenced Resources:

    U.S. National Office for Harmful Algal Blooms

    Greater Caribbean Center for Ciguatera Research (GCCCR)

    • 16 min
    2. Climate Change and Pregnancy (with Dr. Adelle Monteblanco and Julia Rothschild)

    2. Climate Change and Pregnancy (with Dr. Adelle Monteblanco and Julia Rothschild)

    Let’s talk climate change and reproductive health. Join us as we discuss the latest literature on climate change's impacts on pregnancy with our co-producer Julia Rothschild. Then, we’ll dive into clinical pearls with Dr. Adelle Monteblanco, Asst. Professor of Sociology at Middle Tennessee State University, and talk about her recent project training maternal health workers to effectively advise their pregnant patients about heat. We close out this episode with what healthcare professionals can do to protect pregnant patients from climate change, at both the patient and policy levels.

    For rack cards, brochures, and urine charts to use in your clinic (in English & Spanish), check out Dr. Adelle Monteblanco’s website! Have questions for Dr. Monteblanco? Email her at Adelle.Monteblanco@mtsu.edu and follow her on Twitter @adelle_dora.

    *Note, the ACOG recognizes that climate change disproportionately affects women. However, as our episode focuses on pregnancy, we use the terms “pregnant patient/people/individuals” in acknowledgement that not all pregnant individuals identify as women.

    Hosted by Sarah Hsu

    Written by Julia Rothschild

    Edited by Liana Haigis

    Episode Transcript

    Referenced Resources:

    Maternal ambient air pollution, preterm birth and markers of fetal growth in Rhode Island: results of a hospital-based linkage study

    Association of Air Pollution and Heat Exposure With Preterm Birth, Low Birth Weight, and Stillbirth in the US: A Systematic Review

    US: Heat Emergency Plans Missing Pregnancy, Racial Justice

    Effects of prenatal exposure to ambient air pollutant PM10 on ultrasound-measured fetal growth

    • 19 min

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