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SWCOEH’s Dr. William "Brett" Perkison authors Climate Change article published by JOEM

Houston (Sept. 27, 2021) -- Dr. William "Brett" Perkison, MD, MPH, of the Southwest Center for Occupational and Environmental Health (SWCOEH) at UTHealth School of Public Health co-authored an article published this month by the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.
The article, “Proposed Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies Related to Climate Change: Guidance for OEM Professionals”, addresses climate change as an urgent challenge amplified by socioeconomic factors that demands thoughtful public health responses from OEM professionals. 
The article serves as a guidance statement from the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, focusing on the different strategies that these health professionals can implement to protect workers from health impacts associated with climate change hazards, foster workplace resilience in the face of rapidly changing environments, and take the necessary steps to mitigate the effects of global climate change.
“This guidance statement provides specific actions and resources that both occupational medicine specialists and health care providers can use to prepare their communities for climate related disasters and reduce carbon emissions,” said Dr. Perkison.