For Immediate Release March 15, 2018
NonProfit health organization receives $95,000 from the Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg to engage local clinicians in climate action.
PSR Florida received $95,000 from the Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg to expand the number of health professionals that include climate change advocacy and sustainability in their practices by introducing them to the My Green Doctor Program. This project employs peer reviewed, science-based tools that health professionals can use to create an environmentally sustainable office and tools to impart education and resources to their patients. Throughout the course of this calendar year, PSR Florida will recruit at least 10 health offices into the program and will work with them to implement energy efficiency strategies, provide tools and resources for patient education and begin conversations around health protective policy initiatives.
Health professionals are on the front-line of health care, important community role models, and trusted sources of health information. They are well-positioned to help patients plan for climate change emergencies, like hurricanes and flooding and to communicate to the broader community the ways in which the effects of climate change is harming human health. “As a pediatrician practicing for 38 years in Tampa Bay, I’ve become concerned about the decline in childrens’ health, like caring for younger patients with asthma requiring more and stronger medications to help them breath. Asthma rates have tripled since I started my practice in 1980.” said Lynn Ringenberg, M.D., PSR/FL Chapter Co-founder. “It is imperative that clinicians know and understand that climate change is making people sick and that they have an obligation to not only treat patients but to help mitigate the effects and use their voice to promote health protective policies.”
Citizens from lower socioeconomic backgrounds will experience the worst consequences of climate change which will impact their health and ultimately their livelihoods. This grant, funded through the Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg is attempting to close that gap by engaging the surrounding health professional community to take a more active stance in the realm of climate change and the impact on health. PSR Florida will be training offices to make these sustainable changes, as well as engaging community partners to be involved in the conversation.
Health professionals in the south St. Petersburg area should contact PSR Florida to participate in the program and help create a better environment for their patients and community. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on how to get involved, and visit psrflorida.org to learn more about the My Green Doctor program.
PSR/Florida is a non-profit organization whose vision is a healthy, just and peaceful world for present and future generations. Guided by the values and expertise of medicine & public health, we work to protect human life from the gravest threats to health and survival. PSR’s strategy for achieving its vision is to educate and activate the medical and broader health community, and the public, through research, analysis, collaboration, and targeted communications and to advocate for government and societal change at the local, state and national level.
About the Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg
The Foundation for a Health St. Petersburg is a private foundation formed in 2013 following the sale of the nonprofit Bayfront Health St. Petersburg. It is the steward of almost $180 million in assets to support the residents of Pinellas County, particularly those in greatest need. The Foundation’s mission is to end differences in health due to social or structural disadvantages and to improve population health by inspiring and empowering people, ideas, information exchange, organizations, and relationships.