A collection of health stories describing impacts of climate change on our community and health professionals.
The “Climate Health Stories Listening Tour” is a project led by Jada Robinson, our Climate and Health Equity Coordinator, who will gather stories from community members and health professionals affected by the climate crisis.
Jada intends to gain information by conversing with community members from the frontlines and health professionals serving disproportionately impacted communities. These stories will connect 'Michigan Clinicians for Climate Action' with marginalized groups to understand how climate impacts human health. With this understanding, we will use the power of the trusted clinical voice to educate others to address persistent health disparities.
Our ultimate goal is to identify ways 'Michigan Clinicians for Climate Action' can become a trusted ally to underserved populations in the fight against climate change induced health disparties.
Interested in telling your story? Click the option that best applies to you below!
MiCCA's Climate Health Equity Coordinator, Jada Robinson, giving an her Community member Climate Health Story.
This is an example of what come out of a video interview.
MiCCA's Executive Director, Lisa DelBuono, giving an her Clinician Climate Health Story.
Please use the links above to submit your contact information and share your story!
Michelle, Highland Park Resident & Retired Mental Health Counselor
Due to so many individuals having health complications, there seems to be more depressed individuals , which connects on a deeper level as some of these illnesses are climate-related. Warmer weather actively worsens her peers' asthma symptoms. This is being proven through frequent hospital visits, this was no different during Michigan’s recent wildfire smoke in the summer. Further, power outages in her neighborhood cause numerous problems for everyone. Including her neighbor possessing an electric wheelchair that has no other choice but quickly finding somewhere to stay. Along with three children and elderly groups requiring electricity for their medical necessities. Resulting in most residents within her region needing emergency preparedness kits.
Student Ann Arbor
Revealed a human face of climate by discussing her experience with serving marginalized communities including the homeless population. This health professional noticed increases in dehydration during extreme heat events. Ever Changing weather conditions has also led to many of her patients during clinicals suffering from expanded difficulties accessing food. She additionally highlighted that those experiencing homelessness are extremely vulnerable to exacerbated allergies and asthma rates since they are directly within these environments because of insufficient housing.
Nikoli, Medical Student
Highlighted that during his journey he has seen pediatrics undergoing amplified rates of athma, hospitalizations, increased mobidity. Within adults, heat exhaustion and strokes are inclining in the midst of extreme heat. In Kalamazoo, they are additionally seeing more lyme disease cases than usual. He finds that patient education is vital as informing his patients of key gestures during dire times. Pediatricians he has worked with in the past have seen these issues progress for decades. It was emphasized that as medical professionals, we have to align ourselves with needs and assist accordingly based on resources.