Fracking, Public Health & Climate Change
NPA and AMSA co-hosted this webinar on October 5, 2015 as part of AMSA’s 2015 National Primary Care Week events.
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Sarah Kimball, MD, National Physicians Alliance
Ann Alexander, JD and Meleah Geertsma, JD, Natural Resources Defense Council
A significant and growing number of scientific studies have emerged in recent years documenting a correlation between fracking activity and harm to public health. The webinar will explore recent research findings concerning the association between fracking and air toxics, birth defects and poor birth outcomes, seismic activity, and other risks to public health and safety. We will then address NRDC’s policy response to our emerging scientific understanding of fracking’s public health risks, and how that understanding should be brought to bear in evaluating our energy future.
Across the country, politicians are introducing and passing laws that interfere in the relationship between patients and their health care providers—laws that undermine evidence-based care and challenge clinical free speech. This trend of political interference is happening with respect to women’s health, gun safety, and environmental hazards. Communication between patients and their health care providers must be allowed to flow freely so the relationship can be grounded in trust and informed by scientific evidence. Read the NPA’s policy statement on clinical free speech and stay tuned for the forthcoming release of a new white paper on these issues co-authored by the National Partnership for Women and Families, the National Physicians Alliance, the Natural Resources Defense Council, and the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence.