Clinical Climate Change

4th Annual CME Conference

Mental Health and Well-being for Patients and Clinicians

Friday, January 7, 2022
9:35 am – 3:00 pm EST

4.0 AMA PRA Category I Credits

Keynote Speaker

Rachel L. Levine, MD
Admiral, U.S. Public Health Service
Assistant Secretary for Health
U.S. Department of Health and Human Service

The medical community is increasingly recognizing the significant stress and anxiety that people are experiencing over the climate crisis. Extreme weather events have significant social and mental health consequences, ranging from low-level stress to overt clinical conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder. These psychological effects are compounded by other social and environmental stressors. Vulnerable groups that experience poverty and lack access to health-promoting community infrastructure, housing, and clinical care are often also at a heightened risk of other exposures such as increased temperature, air pollution, and extreme weather events. Additionally, health care providers – themselves – are experiencing increased stressors due to both the climate crisis and job-related pressures leading to increased burnout and exodus from clinical care. ‘Eco-anxiety,’ a term used to describe stress as it relates to climate, coupled with the ongoing stressors of the pandemic and racial inequities must be recognized and managed to protect the health of both providers and patients.

This conference will address the trauma of multiple crises and refer to themes of community, protection, and resilience. Presentations will include: clinical practice and research updates related to climate change and mental health; cross-disciplinary communication strategies; and opportunities to address both providers and patients’ eco-anxiety. Further, there will be an evidence-based exploration of the path forward and solutions that can mitigate the harmful impacts of climate change on mental health at the community, health system, and national level. This conference will discuss the role of advocacy and ways to build new community partnerships to address the climate crisis and protect the health of all.

Accreditation Statement

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Accreditation Requirements and Policies of the Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY) through the joint providership of the Westchester Academy of Medicine and the Institute for Exposomic Research at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. The Westchester Academy of Medicine is accredited by MSSNY to provide Continuing Medical Education for physicians.

The Westchester Academy of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 4.0 AMA PRA Category I Credits.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Target Audience: Public Health Professionals, Policymakers, Physicians, Nurses, and Allied Health Professionals representing diverse fields, including but not limited to:

  • Allergy and Immunology
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Ear, Nose, and Throat
  • Medicine
  • Epidemiology
  • Family Medicine
  • General Practice
  • Geriatrics
  • Infectious Disease
  • Internal Medicine
  • Maternal and Fetal Medicine
  • Nursing
  • Occupational Medicine
  • Pediatrics
  • Preventive Medicine
  • Primary Care
  • Psychiatry
  • Public Health
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Social Work
  • Urgent Care Medicine


“I am better able to understand health inequities and discuss the relationship between climate and health.”

Primary Care Physician, 2021 Attendee

“I can better discuss medication side effects in the context of extreme weather changes.”

Psychiatrist, 2020 Attendee

“I will more readily discussion air pollution and heat concerns with my patients.”

Pediatrician, 2020 Attendee

“I will incorporate climate change into my patient education.”

Oncology Nurse, Inaugural 2019 Attendee

“I can now better educate my patients and colleagues about climate change.”

Allergist, Inaugural 2019 Attendee

“I will integrate climate change advocacy into my health policy course.”

Nursing Educator, Inaugural 2019 Attendee

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