Climate Change and Cardiovascular Disease Collaborative (CCC)
Climate change poses a significant risk to cardiovascular health. Exposure to poor air quality due to particle pollution or extreme heat can increase the risk of cardiovascular events like heart attack and stroke, particularly in people already at risk for these conditions.1,2
The Million Hearts® Climate Change and Cardiovascular Disease Collaborative (CCC), in partnership with the HHS Office of Climate Change and Health Equity (OCCHE), the CDC National Center for Environmental Health, and the Environmental Protection Agency, is a national forum for health professionals and organizations looking to deepen their knowledge about the cardiovascular health threats like air pollution and extreme heat events present, offer evidence-based interventions to address those threats (especially for high-risk populations), and provide opportunities to test and refine relevant solutions and tools.
The CCC will host a series of interactive webinars to enable an exchange of knowledge and resources. Experts will lead the conversation and cover the following topics:
This session will introduce the Million Hearts® Climate Change and Cardiovascular Disease Collaborative (CCC). It will provide an overview the health impacts of climate change and air pollution, explain how climate solutions can improve health and health equity, and provide examples of effective interventions at the bedside, health system, and policy levels. You can view the webinar here.
Speaker – Presentation Title
- Wayne E. Cascio, MD, FACC, FAHA – “Ambient Air Pollution and Cardiovascular Health: Ambient Particulate Matter”
- Dhruv S. Kazi, MD, MSc, MS, FAHA – “Climate Change and Cardiovascular Health: Implications for Clinicians”
- Rebecca Philipsborn, MD, MPA – “Climate Change in Medical Education”
- Ashwini Sehgal, MD – “Research and Quality Improvement”
- Kat Sisler, MPH, MPAff – “ Review of Federal Toolkits and Resources”
This session will explore how particle pollution influences cardiovascular disease risk and identify examples of clinical interventions and resources that can improve the management of populations at highest risk. You can view the webinar here.
Speakers – Presentation Title
- Jason D. Sacks, MPH – “Particulate Matter (PM) and its Intersection with Climate Change”
- Sanjay Rajagopalan, MD – “The Mechanisms of Air Pollution Mediated Cardiovascular Disease”
- Cavin Ward-Caviness, PhD – “What are electronic health records (EHRs) telling us about the impacts of air pollution on cardiovascular health?”
Panel 1: Interventions
- Tim Watkins, MS – “Clinical Interventions to Address Particulate Matter and Heart Disease”
- Robert D Brook, MD – “Personal Protection from Air Pollution”
Panel 2: Practitioners
- Sarah Coefield, MS, MA, RS – “ Wildfire Smoke Affecting Communities/High Risk Individuals – Public Health’s Role: Perspective from Missoula, Montana”
- Sadeer Al-Kindi, MD, FACC – “PM and Clinical Care: Role of the Clinician”
- Gina Solomon, MD, MPH – “Vulnerable Communities: California Farmworkers”
This session will cover how the reduction of fossil fuel combustion aligns with cardiovascular disease prevention. The speakers will provide examples of community infrastructure that can mitigate the effects of particle pollution on cardiovascular health and identify resources to advance systemic solutions. You can view the webinar here.
Speakers – Presentation Title
- John Balbus, MD, MPH – Overview of connection between fossil fuel combustion and methane release reductions and cardiovascular health benefits
- Richard J. Jackson, MD, MPH – “Good Doctors, We Must Assure the Conditions Where People Can Be Healthy”
- Lawrence D. Frank, PhD – “Health & Climate Change Impacts of the Built and Natural Environment: The National Public Health Assessment Model (N-PHAM)”
- Neal Fann, MPP – “Quantifying the Burden of Poor Air Quality: Techniques and Tools for Estimating the Impacts of Air Pollution on Health”
- Adele Houghton, AIA, MPH, LEED AP – “Designing the Built Environment to Promote Planetary and Heart Health: Case Studies at Multiple Scales”
This session will cover clinical interventions that can help mitigate the effects of extreme heat on patients with cardiovascular disease and how community infrastructure and policy interventions to prepare for extreme heat align with cardiovascular disease risk reduction. Presenters will also identify examples of tools and resources that can aid in interventions to mitigate extreme heat exposure. You can view the webinar here.
Speakers – Presentation Title
- Aaron Bernstein, MD MPH – “Part 1: Cardiovascular Disease and Heat” “Part 2: Actions Clinicians can Take to Help their Patients Beat the Heat”
- Kristen Finne, BA – “HHS emPOWER Program”
- Michael Reiner, MS – “Addressing the Intersection of Energy Insecurity and Extreme Heat”
- Ladd Keith, PhD – “Planning for Urban Heat Resilience”
- Jalonne L. White-Newsome, PhD – “Executive Actions to Advance Climate Resilience & Health”
This session will provide an overview of how the health sector contributes to air pollution and climate change, as well as how healthcare institutions can advance climate-informed patient care, climate mitigation, and community climate resilience. Presenters will also identify tools and resources that can help to inform your organization’s climate action. You can view part 1 of the webinar here, and part 2 of the webinar here.
Speakers – Presentation Title
- Hardeep Singh, MD, MPH – “Decarbonization in Health Care: Next Steps for Action”
- Jodi D. Sherman, MD – “Planetary Healthcare: What Clinicians Can Do”
- Robin Guenther, FAIA, LEED Fellow – “Safe Haven: Healthcare Infrastructure in an Era of Climate Change”
- Seema Wadhwa, ALM – “Environmental Stewardship – Connecting to the Health of Our Communities”
Tools and Resources from the CCC
- Climate Resources for Health Education
This repository from the Global Consortium on Climate and Health Education, Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham Women’s Hospital, University of California San Francisco, and Emory University School of Medicine provides evidence-based resources for accelerating the incorporation of climate change and planetary health information into educational curricula.
- Building Resilience Against Climate Effects (BRACE) Framework
CDC’s BRACE framework is a five-step process that allows health officials to develop strategies and programs to help communities prepare for the health effects of climate change.
- Climate Change and Health Playbook
This playbook created by the American Public Health Association and CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry supports the work of state, local, territorial, and tribal health services across the nation in embedding justice, equity, diversity and inclusion into their climate and resilience initiatives, programs, and operations.
- Heat & Health Tracker
The CDC Heat & Health Tracker provides local heat and health information so communities can better prepare for and respond to extreme heat events. It can be used to explore how extreme heat affects your county, populations who are at risk, and response resources.
- Smoke-Ready Toolbox for Wildfires
This toolbox from EPA has resources to help educate people about the risks of smoke exposure and actions they can take to protect their health.
- Healthy Heart Toolkit and Research
This toolkit from EPA has resources for both clinicians and patients explaining how air pollution can trigger heart attacks and strokes and worsen heart conditions in people with known heart disease.
This EPA tool provides geospatial data, easy-to-use tools, and other resources related to ecosystem services, their chemical and non-chemical stressors, and human health.
- Accelerating Healthcare Sector Action on Climate Change and Health Equity
This webinar series from OCCHE explores available government supports to assist healthcare stakeholders taking action to address the harmful impacts of climate change on people living in the United States.
- Federal Resources to Support Emissions Reduction and Climate Resilience for Healthcare Stakeholders
This compendium of federal resources from OCCHE may assist healthcare stakeholders in emissions reduction and climate change adaptation.
- The Sustainable and Climate-Resilient Health Care Facilities Toolkit
This National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration toolkit was designed to assist organizations engaged in health care facility climate resilience as they improve their response to extreme weather events and includes a suite of online tools and resources that highlight emerging best practices for developing sustainable and climate-resilient health care facilities.
- Gold DR, Samet JM. Air pollution, climate, and heart disease. 2013;128:e411–e414.
- Rajagopalan S, Al-Kindi SG, Brook, R.D. Air pollution and cardiovascular disease: JACC state-of-the-art review. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2018;72(17):2054-2070.