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A Call to Action

Addressing the health impacts of climate in at-risk communities

Season 1, episode 7
24 min / Published

In this episode, we are joined by Dr. Melanie Haines, who is an endocrinologist in the Neuroendocrine Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Haines has always been passionate about environmental conservation. But she felt a new call to action after a patient of hers was admitted to the hospital with a serious medical condition exacerbated by an extreme heat event in Boston, 2021. Dr. Haines shares how she took this call to action and transformed it into a project to address environmental injustice, with guidance from mentors, funding from an MGH Department of Medicine Community Scholar Award, and a partnership with Boston-based organization called CREW. This partnership hosted three summer 2022 community events to provide local residents education and resources, including air conditioning units, in an effort to prevent heat-related illness.

For more information on this podcast, our guests, and additional resources go to: https://www.massgeneral.org/environment-and-health/healthcaresos

  • advocacy
  • heat preparedness
  • adaptation
  • community resiliency
  • climate
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Health Care SOS is a podcast created by the Mass General Center for the Environment and Health, devoted to addressing health care sustainability.
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