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Hello there:

We are excited to announce The Center for Climate Change, Climate Justice, and Health, a new and important endeavor at the MGH Institute of Health Professions School of Nursing.

In this issue

  • Welcome: An Introduction to the Center for Climate Change, Climate Justice, and Health
  • Resources: 3 Helpful Articles on Climate Change and Health
  • Faculty Profile: Patrice Nicholas, DNSc, DHL (Hon.), MPH, RN, ANP-C, FAAN
  • Upcoming Events
    • November 2018 Workshop: Introductory Workshop for Health Care Providers
    • April 2019 Symposium: Reducing the Impact of Climate Change on Health: The Role of Health Care Professionals

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I hope you find the information, resources, and events in this newsletter helpful in your work as a health care professional.
Thank you.
Leslie Neal-Boylan, PhD, RN, CRRN, APRN, FAAN // Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Program Innovation, Professor, School of Nursing
MGH Institute of Health Professions
Boston, MA
A Graduate School Founded by Massachusetts General Hospital


Not everyone may recognize that health professionals can play a critical role in preventing and preparing for climate change. The consequences of global warming are a major threat to the health of people both here and abroad, and it promises to worsen dramatically if left unchecked. 

With this in mind, we are pleased to announce that ten School of Nursing faculty, who were spurred by their passion for the topic and their practice and research knowledge, have created the Center for Climate Change, Climate Justice, and Health to tackle these issues head on.

This nurse-led center will focus on addressing ways all health professionals can help improve such things as ensuring access to safe drinking water, growing a sufficient amount of healthy food, and creating safe, clean environments that can improve ecosystems.

We invite you to join this mission that will address the world’s single largest issue of the 21st Century.
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Resources: 3 Helpful Resources about Climate Change and Health

We are always on the lookout for helpful resources about
climate change for health care professionals. And we know
you are too! So here are a few from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that you might find interesting.

The Impact of Extreme Heat on Health

The Impact of Extreme Rainfall and Drought on Health

The Impact of Climate Change on Health Infographic

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Faculty Profile: Patrice Nicholas, DNSc, DHL (Hon.), MPH, RN, ANP-C, FAAN

Professor, School of Nursing, MGH Institute of Health Professions

Dr. Nicholas joined the Institute faculty in 1989 after many years of clinical practice at the Massachusetts General Hospital. She teaches in the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Direct-Entry Master of Science, and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs.
She is a member of the steering committee for the Center for Climate Change, Climate Justice and Health at the Institute.
Dr. Nicholas is engaged in research on quality of life in chronic illness, particularly HIV/AIDS and international/cross-cultural work. She completed both a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard School of Public Health in 1999, and a Master of Public Health degree in International Health (HIV/AIDS Focus). Dr. Nicholas was the recipient of a J. William Fulbright Senior Scholar Award for 2003-2004 to study population issues and health status in Germany.
She serves on the editorial review panels of several journals including AIDS Care, American Journal of Public Health, Nursing Research, American Journal of Nursing, Nursing and Health Care: Perspectives on Community, and The Journal of Nursing Scholarship.
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