Douglas Fritz, M.D., PhD candidate for CUSOM
"Why and How You Should Be Talking to Your Patients About Climate Change and Their Health"
Climate change will impact health not only in the long term, but in the short term as well. Our patients are being affected by aspects of climate change here and now, from the rise of tick borne disease, to worsening lung function due to poor air quality, to the harmful impacts of environmental contaminants like forever chemicals. This session will explore the critical need for healthcare professionals in rural, urban, and medically underserved areas to initiate conversations with patients about climate change and its direct impact on their health. Through an examination of the latest research findings and emerging trends in our understanding, this session will explore how underserved patients are at particular risk from climate and planetary health impacts in surprising and previously unknown ways. Participants will discover best practices for integrating climate change discussions into medical practice especially in rural areas to effectively address the unique challenges faced by these communities.
Douglas knows climate change, social justice, and health are increasingly connected and expects physicians to be on the forefront of addressing it. He is a 3rd year MD/PhD student at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and serves on various CU committees related to climate change and planetary health. Additionally, he serves as the national Vice Chair for Medical Students for a Sustainable Future where he works to advance medical students’ demands for planetary health action. He has been invited to present on climate change and healthcare at many conferences and national symposia, and is always happy to share his passion for elevating what physicians can do to address the climate.
|Cost of Attendance|
|The cost of the conference covers all activities of the conference.|
|Affiliated with the University of Colorado||$285|
|Health Professions Related Students||No charge|
The AAFP has reviewed 2023 COAHEC NEAR Conference September 21-24-2023 and deemed it acceptable for up to 9.75 Live AAFP Prescribed credits. Term of Approval is from 09/21/2023 to 09/24/2023. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
AMA/AAFP Equivalency- Providers may choose to include the following in addition to the AAFP credit statement: AAFP Prescribed credit is accepted by the American Medical Association as equivalent to AMA PRA Category 1 credit(s)™ toward the AMA Physician's Recognition Award. When applying for the AMA PRA, Prescribed credit earned must be reported as Prescribed, not as Category 1.
For all AAFP credit equivalencies and recognition, please see the AAFP Credit System website.
The University of Colorado College of Nursing is approved with distinction as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the Colorado Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.This educational offering for a maximum of 9.75 contact hours is provided by the University of Colorado College of Nursing Office of Continuing Education.
Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE)
The University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education (CPE). This event has been accredited for 9.75 contact hours of knowledge-based CPE.
Release – 09/24/2023
Expires – 09/24/2026