CGPH Champions Health Educator’s Climate Commitment

chinaAn aerial view of buildings amid haze in Wuhan, central China’s Hubei province in 2009. Photo Credit: AFP/Getty Images

New York City — Starting today, New York University’s College of Global Public Health (CGPH) has teamed up with 118 public health, medical and nursing schools from 15 nations to train their students to address the health impacts of climate change. By doing so, CGPH graduates will join the next generation of health professionals who are prepared, through education and training to effectively address the health impacts of climate change and ensure that the world has the necessary climate change and health experts to do so. Announced this morning by the White House, this initiative is intended to reinforce the Paris climate negotiations.

“Every day, we see and feel the effects of climate change, which knows no borders and demands a coordinated global response both to prevent it and to respond to its effects, to the extent it is not prevented,» said CGPH Dean, Cheryl G. Healton, DrPH. »The challenges to address its impacts are as enormous as the opportunities that demand innovative and entrepreneurial solutions. In the years ahead, I’m confident that our students here at NYU’s College of Global Public Health will make significant contributions to this effort as a result of this commitment forged today,” she said.

Deans of the participating schools, which includes NYU’s College of Nursing, have signed onto the Global Health Educators Climate Commitment and pledged:

As leaders responsible for educating the health professionals of tomorrow, we are keenly aware of our obligation to ensure that they are fully prepared to address all health risks, including those resulting from the impacts of climate change. Our future health professionals must have the competencies needed to address the health needs of our communities and our patients, both now and into the foreseeable future. These competencies must be based on the best available science, and benefit from sharing best scientific and educational practices.

We commit to ensuring that we train the next generation of health professionals to effectively address the health impacts of climate change. We commit to strengthening the knowledge base in the area of climate and health from a position of the best science and academic rigor.