Sustainable hospitals: We know impact of climate change on health — we also know health care facilities are contributing to it

Dr. Lisa Cerceo

Dr. Lisa Cerceo has long counseled her patients about the impacts of climate change, its effect on their health and ways they can work to mitigate those issues.

For instance, she tells those with those with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease — what the commercials call COPD — about how to determine when there is a bad air-quality day and what to do about it.

“There’s certainly tangible things that we as physicians can act on with the one-on-one patient,” she said — referring to any ailment that is impacted by climate change.

Now, as the chair of the Health and Public Policy Committee of the New Jersey chapter of the American College of Physicians, she’s taking another approach.

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