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Climate Change and Pediatric Health: What Providers Should Know and Do

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The presenter will begin by describing the study methodologies used in the journal articles to be discussed. This will be followed by a discussion of the results of the studies under consideration and implications for current clinical and public health practice. 


Learning Objectives:

  • Understand how climate change can impact human health.
  • Discuss the child specific health impacts of climate change.
  • Discuss how providers can incorporate climate change impacts into their own practice.

Articles to be discussed:

  1. Lungs in a Warming World - Climate Change and Respiratory Health.
    Bernstein AS and Rice MB
    Chest 2013; 143(5): 1455-1459. 
  2. Global Climate Change and Children's Health: Threats and Strategies for Prevention.
    Sheffield PE and Landrigan PJ
    Environmental Health Perspectives 2011 Mar; 119(3): 291-2983. 
  3. Emerging Roles of Health Care Providers to Mitigate Climate Change Impacts: A Perspective from East Harlem, New York
    Sheffield PE, Durante KT, Rahona E, and Zarcadoolas C
    Health Hum Rights 2015 Jun 16; 16(1):113-121.

Presented By:

Deema Arafah, MD
Pediatrics Resident
University of Washington
Seattle Children's Hospital
Seattle, WA

Dr. Deema Arafah graduated summa cum laude from Harvard College in 2004 with a BA in the History of Science. She received her MD from Harvard Medical School and is currently a second year resident in pediatrics at the University of Washington and Seattle Children's Hospital. She has a longstanding interest in health and human rights and has more recently become concerned with the impacts of climate change on human and environmental health. She hopes to work in primary care with a focus on improving climate literacy and action amongst children and medical providers.

Approximate Completion Time

60 minutes

Continuing Education Information

This course qualifies as continuing education for physicians, nurses, certified health education specialists and other professionals provided by the Centers for Disease Control and its partners. 

Origination Date – 11/10/2015
Expiration Date – 11/10/2017

CE Available

1.0 CME (for physicians)

1.0 CME (attendance for non-physicians)

1.0 CNE (for nurses)

.10 CEU (for other professionals)

1.0 CHES (for certified health education specialists)

Accreditation Statements

This material was supported by the American College of Medical Toxicology (ACMT) and funded (in part) by the cooperative agreement FAIN: U61TS000238 from the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR).

Acknowledgement: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) supports the PEHSU by providing partial funding to ATSDR under Inter-Agency Agreement number DW-75-92301301. Neither EPA nor ATSDR endorse the purchase of any commercial products or services mentioned in PEHSU publications

Training material

  • Article 1: Lungs in a Warming World - Climate Change and Respiratory Health
  • Article 2: Global Climate Change and Children's Health: Threats and Strategies for Prevention
  • Article 3: Emerging Roles of Health Care Providers to Mitigate Climate Change Impacts
  • Presentation
  • Presentation PDF
  • Post-Test
  • How To Obtain Continuing Education Credit