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Health Care Leaders Ask Obama for Strong Climate Agreement to Protect Public Health
November 24, 2009, 9:15 am
Filed under: News

(Washington, DC) Health Leaders from across the United States have sent a letter to President Obama to call his attention to the impact of climate change on public health and the resulting challenges to the health care sector to meet increased demands for services.

Led by Health Care Without Harm, those signing the letter include the American Public Health Association, the American Nurses Association, and several other health organizations representing the interests of nearly three million health care professionals. Signatories also include 7 major hospital systems with more than 160 affiliated hospitals (see attached list of signers).
The letter asks the Obama Administration to take a strong position at the Copenhagen Climate Change talks to protect public health. It outlines a “Prescription for a Healthy Planet” that advocates four remedies to guide the talks: strengthen public health, commit to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, transition to clean energy, and finance global solutions to climate change. The health leaders ask for a meeting with President Obama to discuss the implications of climate change on public health and the health care sector’s ability to deliver health services to increasingly sick populations.

Read the letter at


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