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Climate change has been called the greatest global health threat of the 21st century. The effects of changing temperatures and increasing pollution have been shown to increase the incidence and mortality of cardiovascular diseases, affect respiratory health, increase the risk of new infectious disease outbreaks, affect mental health, and exacerbate inequities between those with means and those without. In Vermont, climate change is leading to an increase in average temperatures, more extreme heat events, shorter winters, more storms, poor air quality due to wildfire smoke, an increase in cyanobacteria blooms, and a longer tick season, among others. This project will educate providers on the impacts of climate change on health and provide educational materials for patients on specific planetary health related issues, including tick-borne disease and extreme heat.

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Mountain Community Health


climate change, planetary health, rural health, extreme heat, lyme disease, ticks, education, Vermont

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Medical Education | Primary Care

Planetary Health: Helping providers and patients prepare for climate change