Resources

 

Health Resources

  • American Medical Association Position on Environmental Health
    See Section H-135.00 at http://www.ama-assn.org/ad-com/polfind/Hlth-Ethics.pdf

    Overview:

    H-135.938 Global Climate Change and Human Health
    Our AMA:

    1. Supports the findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s fourth assessment report and concurs with the scientific consensus that the Earth is undergoing adverse global climate change and that anthropogenic contributions are significant. These climate changes will create conditions that affect public health, with disproportionate impacts on vulnerable populations, including children, the elderly, and the poor.
    2. Supports educating the medical community on the potential adverse public health effects of global climate change and incorporating the health implications of climate change into the spectrum of medical education, including topics such as population displacement, heat waves and drought, flooding, infectious and vector-borne diseases, and potable water supplies.
    3. (a) Recognizes the importance of physician involvement in policymaking at the state, national, and global level and supports efforts to search for novel, comprehensive, and economically sensitive approaches to mitigating climate change to protect the health of the public; and (b) recognizes that whatever the etiology of global climate change, policymakers should work to reduce human contributions to such changes.
    4. Encourages physicians to assist in educating patients and the public on environmentally sustainable practices, and to serve as role models for promoting environmental sustainability.
    5. Encourages physicians to work with local and state health departments to strengthen the public health infrastructure to ensure that the global health effects of climate change can be anticipated and responded to more efficiently, and that the AMA’s Center for Public Health Preparedness and Disaster Response assist in this effort.
    6. Supports epidemiological, translational, clinical and basic science research necessary for evidence-based global climate change policy decisions related to health care and treatment. (CSAPH Rep. 3, I-08)

    H-135.939 Green Initiatives and the Health Care Community
    Our AMA supports: (1) responsible waste management policies, including the promotion of appropriate recycling and waste reduction; (2) the use of ecologically sustainable products, foods, and materials when possible; (3) the development of products that are non-toxic, sustainable, and ecologically sound; (4) building practices that help reduce resource utilization and contribute to a healthy environment; and (5) community-wide adoption of “green” initiatives and activities by organizations, businesses, homes, schools, and government and health care entities. (CSAPH Rep. 1, I-08)


  • American Heart Association Position on Air Pollution, Heart Disease, and Stroke
  • American Lung Association Position on Air Pollution
  • American Academy of Family Physicians Policy on Global Warming and Air Pollution
  • The Environmental Protection Agency – The Environment and Human Health

 

Other Resources

  • Earth 911 - A very user-friendly website with information about how to recycle paper, metal, hazardous waste materials, plastics, glass, electronics,  and automotives and how to make household, gardens, and other construction projects more environmentally friendly.
  • National Recycling Coalition - The National Recycling Coalition was founded in 1978 as a non-profit organization to “eliminate waste and promote sustainable economies through advancing sound management practices for raw materials in North America.” The website provides the latest news about recycling initiative in the country as well as links to local- and state-level recycling programs.
  • San Antonio Solid Waste Management - Website provides information for San Antonio residents on how to dispose of hazardous wastes at home, how to recycle, and how to minimize air pollution while commuting to work.
  • State of Texas Alliance for Recycling (STAR) - STAR is a non-profit organization founded to “promote and enhance recycling and diversion activities in the State of Texas.”  The website provides information on two of the main STAR projects:  Texas Recycle Day and the annual Texas Recycling and Sustainability Summit, which is in its 12th year this year.  Past presentation topics ranged from proposal writing workshops, case studies in San Antonio, to how to encourage your colleagues at work to be more environmentally friendly.