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Clinicians, Medical Community Play Critical Role In Advocating To Stop Climate Change, Improving Health Of Climate Migrants

STAT: We’re providing medical care to a new type of migrant — the climate migrant
Ed Zuroweste, chief medical officer for the Migrant Clinicians Network and assistant professor of medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

“…[W]e are beginning to see a new type of patient — climate migrants — who I fear we will be seeing more of in the years to come, especially as the Trump administration seems to be ignoring the effects of climate change. … Climate migrants aren’t made only by natural disasters. They’re made from a complex fabric of social, political, environmental, and economic factors that is torn when a climate-strengthened disaster appears, be it stronger hurricanes, rising sea levels, devastating droughts, or increased heat. Climate change is pushing people to move for their immediate or long-term health and well-being. … Health systems need to be flexible enough to serve climate migrants as they are forced from their homes. … We must reformulate our health systems to accommodate climate migrants … Now, more than ever, clinicians whose core values include helping improve the health of entire communities must work and advocate to stop climate change so they can help people avoid becoming climate migrants in the first place” (1/9).

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