University of Virginia School of Nursing

Addressing Climate-Related Health Inequities

An interprofessional, internet-based blend of live, interactive conference sessions and recorded presentations

Dates: February 15 & 17, 2022

Times: 3:00 PM - 7:30 PM

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Overview

During this virtual conference, health care providers will gain a deeper understanding of the relationships between a changing climate, health, and disparities in care. Climate change is leading to the increase in intensity and frequency of extreme weather and weather-related disasters and in changes in air and water quality. The effect of these changes on selected health conditions will be reviewed. By gaining a deeper understanding of these changes, health care professionals will be better prepared to address population health needs in the face of a changing climate. Climate anxiety is on the rise, and evidence linking it and mental illness is growing. The conference will offer strategies for addressing climate change-related stress with individuals.

Clinician leadership at all levels in the health sector is necessary to reduce the health sector's destructive impact on the environment and to strengthen health system resilience in the face of climate change. Increased engagement of health professionals in advocacy efforts can be an important contribution to local, regional, state, and national policy. Current resources and strategies for reducing health care’s impact on health as well as opportunities for health care professionals to become more involved with addressing climate-related policy will be discussed.

Presented by University of Virginia School of Nursing Continuing Education in collaboration with the Virginia Clinicians for Climate Action and the UVA Environmental Resilience Institute.

Target Audience

RNs, MDs, PAs, Students in health and environmental sciences, and others with an interest in climate and health.

Credit Offered

  • 7.5 IPCE Credits
  • 7.5 Contact Hours
  • 7.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM
  • 7.5 AAPA Category 1 CME Credits
  • 7.5 Hours of Participation

Continuing education provided by the University of Virginia School of Medicine and School of Nursing, a Joint Accreditation Provider.

Desired Outcomes/Educational Objectives

Through participation in this virtual conference, participants will:

  • Articulate the impact of weather extremes and changing air and water quality on selected health conditions
  • Describe the unequal impacts climate change has on health of different populations
  • Identify resources available and best practices for mitigating adverse effects of weather and climate impacts on health conditions
  • Identify resources and strategies for reducing health care sector contributions to climate change
  • Identify resources and strategies for promoting policies that help address the underpinnings and consequences of climate change

Registration Fees

  • Attendee - $40, $45 after January 31, 2022
  • UVA Employee - $30, $45 after January 31, 2022
  • Retiree or Senior Citizen - $30, $45 after January 31, 2022
  • Student - $15

The final day to register will be February 12, 2022. 

For more information, see the 2022 Protecting Health in a Changing Climate Conference Brochure.

Call for Abstracts

Submit your abstract for virtual presentation. Authors of accepted abstracts will be invited to provide a five minute or less expanded, recorded poster presentation.  Abstracts are due January 5, 2022.  For more information, see the 2022 Protecting Health in a Changing Climate Conference Call for Abstracts.

Questions or accommodation requests? Contact Linda Hanson, llh3x@virginia.edu