How Air Quality, Extreme Heat, and Climate Change is Affecting US Healthcare


Climate change health experts Poune Saberi, MD, and Alan S. Greenglass, MD, join Lungcast for a timely discussion on environmental health issues.

The 2021 State of the Air Report, the newest iteration of the American Lung Association’s (ALA) nationally-researched contribution to air pollution-related health interpretation, found that more than 2 in every 5 Americans is living in an area with an unhealthy level of air pollution.

The April report also found significant disparities in polluted regions’ demographics, with people of color three-fold more likely to be exposed to polluted air versus White people. It also observed worsening states of heat exposure by region, and details of climate change influence on diseases including asthma, cardiovascular disease, and more.

The timing of this newest episode of Lungcast, the monthly podcast series collaboration between HCPLive and the ALA hosted by Al Rizzo, MD, aligns with the discussion generated by events including the State of the Air Report and Earth Day.

What’s more, the above conversation depicts the actual role that physicians may play in addressing and combatting climate change from their positions as care providers and advocates of science.

The May 2021 Lungcast episode features Poune Saberi, MD, and Alan S. Greenglass, MD, a pair of physicians, experts, lecturers and collaborators on climate change health research.

Saberi, board president of the Physicians for Social Responsibility Pennsylvania, is a frequently-tapped expert on the subject of fossil fuels and environmental pollution contributing to worsened health outcomes, and is a proponent of renewable energy sources.

Greenglass, a member and immediate past president of the Board of Physicians for Social Responsibility, is a champion of environmental justice, and an expert on climate change-related health outcomes.

The pair join Rizzo, chief medical officer of the ALA, for a comprehensive talk on the health impacts of air quality, extreme heat, climate weather change, and what could be done by their colleagues to address these urgent issues.

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