Climate Change and Health in New England: A Review of Training and Policy Initiatives at Health Education Institutions and Professional Societies

R I Med J (2013). 2021 Nov 1;104(9):49-54.


Background: There has been increasing interest in climate change among healthcare professionals, but it is unclear to what extent resources on this topic are available to students and clinicians in New England.

Methods: Structured review of publicly available information regarding climate change and health activity at schools of medicine, public health, and physician assistant studies and in state medical and physician assistant societies in New England.

Results: Of 39 programs reviewed, 18 (46%) had at least one climate-related initiative. Six universities accounted for 87% of climate change and health initiatives in the region. Three out of 12 state professional associations had committees or position statements addressing climate change.

Conclusion: There is substantial activity related to climate change and health in New England, but it is concentrated in a small number of locations. Opportunities exist to improve access to education on this topic and increase involvement of health professional associations.

Keywords: climate change; health education; organized medicine; physician assistant; public health.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Climate Change*
  • Health Education
  • Health Personnel / education
  • Humans
  • Policy
  • Societies*