American Telemedicine Association Takes Up Climate Change

Ahead of the weekend, MHW learned that The American Telemedicine Association (ATA) President Dr. Peter Yellowlees, MD, MBBS, will join the Medical Society Consortium on Climate & Health, consistent with ATA’s healthcare leadership role.

If you’re not familiar, the Consortium works to raise awareness of the negative effects of climate change on health and to educate the public, its constituents, and policymakers about the long-term health benefits of decreasing greenhouse gas emissions, among other preventative measures.

“The Consortium is growing quickly, as an increasing number of medical societies choose to open a dialogue with the American people and their representatives about just how important it is to respond now to climate change,” said Mona Sarfaty, Executive Director, Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health. “We are delighted to welcome the American Telemedicine Association to the Consortium, and we thank the organization for joining us in this work.”

We’re told that Dr. Yellowlees sits on the Consortium’s Steering Committee. In this role, he will work with other steering committee members developing strategies to educate and inform policymakers and the publc about health-related climate change issues, help to grow Consortium membership, and work to advance its mission.

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