February 15, 2017 – Your Impact
Anchor lead: Man’s impact on global health cannot be denied, Elizabeth Tracey reports
Carbon footprints, recyclables, renewable energy. Perhaps you don’t usually think of these things as impacting health and healthcare, but they most certainly do, according to a recent report in the Lancet that chronicles man’s impact on our environment and the multitude of health consequences it engenders. Patricia Davidson, dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, says all healthcare institutions must step up.
Davidson: The inspirational Lancet Rockefeller report really identified the Anthropocene era, how humankind are really impacting on the health and wellbeing of our planet. We know from auditable, verifiable resources that the planet is getting hotter. And so what we’re talking about is the impact of heat. We know that older people and infants are much more vulnerable to the climate. I’m really committed to the conversation on climate change in the everyday life of health professionals. :33
At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.