HPHC in the News
Article in Minnesota Medicine by HPHC members
May 2019: An article by HPHC members Laalitha Surapaneni and Nyasha Spears, "What Physicians Can Do About Climate Change" was published in the May/June 2019 issue of Minnesota Medicine. The article discusses the health impacts of climate changes and presents strategies for mitigating these effects through behavior changes at the individual, institutional, and community levels, and how physicians can be at the forefront of promoting and guiding these changes. From the article: "As trusted voices, [physicians] can lead individuals and communities by using evidence-based data to foster behavior changes and public policy changes that will positively affect human health and the health of the planet."
Op-ed by HPHC members
3/22/19: An Op-ed by HPHC Executive Committee members Mike Menzel and Teddie Potter in support of legislation calling for 100% clean energy by 2050 was published in MinnPost. From the piece: "Climate change directly impacts the well-being of our patients and of communities in all corners of the state, and is already harming the health of Minnesotans in a myriad of ways. If we are to protect the health of Minnesotans, we must transition away from fossil fuels to clean and renewable energy sources."
News articles featuring HPHC members
3/4/2019: HPHC's Dr. Laalitha Surapaneni was quoted in an MPR News article about Gov. Walz's plan for 100% carbon-free electricity by 2050, saying: "Climate change is the number one threat to global public health of the 21st century. Governor Walz is leading Minnesota to a clean, healthy and equitable future. His decision today showed the medical community that he leads with science, cares for the health of Minnesotans and listens to the concerns of his constituents."
Public Testimony by HPHC members
January 17, 2019: Dr. Laalitha Surapaneni of HPHC presented testimony on climate impacts on public health to the MN House Energy and Climate Finance and Policy Division (time stamp 18:30 on this video of the hearing).