In S4 E7 I am delighted to welcome Dr Kimberly Humphrey MD FACEM MPH to the podcast. Dr Humphrey is a fellow Emergency Physician and Public Heath medical consultant in Adelaide, South Australia. She is the current fellow in climate change and human health at Harvard University. Dr Humphrey has specific expertise in research, policy and advocacy at the intersection of climate change and health, emergency medicine and public health, and disaster mitigation and adaptation. Her professional mission is invested in working to integrate climate, health and equity principles into the education of health professionals to enable a just transition.
In this conversation we zoom out and in exploring the macro-level climate health policy and systemic changes necessary going forward and how this translates at the micro-level in terms of tangible and practical actions clinicians, emergency departments and hospitals can take in the immediate to short term. She describes the "green ED", traffic light systems and the importance of small actions of advocacy and informed conversations with patients.
Dr Humphrey's passionate and energising advocacy and expertise suffuses this entire conversation, What could be a dark and at times seemingly hopeless discussion is, instead, hopeful and very practical. Her own leadership journey is prominent for courage, persistence and a willingness to embrace learning, innovation, and diversity of perspective. I learned a lot from Kimberly and from her recommended reading and resources listed here.
Links /resources / references:
Dr Kimberly Humphrey
IPCC report ( https://www.ipcc.ch/report/sixth-assessment-report-working-group-ii/
WHO Operational framework for building climate resilient health systems https://www.who.int/publications/i/item/9789241565073
Healthy, regenerative and just: Guiding the development of a national strategy on climate, health and well-being for Australia https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2667278223000044· Climate Change and Emergency Medicine: Impacts and Opportunitieshttps://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/j.1553-2712.2009.00469.x
Delivering a net zero NHS https://www.england.nhs.uk/greenernhs/a-net-zero-nhs/
Hopeful reading recommendations:
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