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Doctoring Climate Change: Air Quality, Heat-Related Illness, and Disparate Impact is a Course

Doctoring Climate Change: Air Quality, Heat-Related Illness, and Disparate Impact

Started Apr 22, 2020
0.2 credits


Full course description

** Please note: Free Certificates of Completion are available for learners who successfully complete this course. Please see accreditation information below. **


Doctoring Climate Change: Air Quality, Heat-Related Illness, and Disparate Impact is an educational activity developed by Dr. Ashley McClure, FACP, and the Center for Occupational and Environmental Health (COEH) Continuing Education program.

This two-hour online course will explore how climate change is impacting public health now, and provide examples of how to communicate with patients regarding health risks posed by climate change. The course is broken into 5 modules, designed to provide context for clinicians and other allied health professionals to better understand climate change through a public health lens. 

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this activity, the learner will be able to:

  • Recognize how climate change worsens air quality and identify the links between poor air quality and health impacts such as heart attacks, strokes, and pulmonary diseases.
  • Describe the impact of climate change on heat-related illness and identify demographics at increased risk
  • Review how socioeconomic disparities influence the adaptive capacity of vulnerable communities and amplify health inequities
  • Translate climate change impacts in terms of public health to communicate with patients regarding health risks, preventative measures, and regulatory protection


The Center for Occupational and Environmental Health is accredited by the CMA to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Center for Occupational and Environmental Health designates this enduring material for a maximum of 2.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 12983, for 2.0 contact hours. 


No individuals involved in the planning or presentation of this activity have any relevant financial relationships with commercial interests to disclose. 

Your Instructor: Ashley McClure, MD, FACP

Dr. Ashley McClure grew up in Seattle, Washington. She attended medical school at Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland, OR., and completed her residency in internal medicine at the University of Washington. She worked at a safety net clinic in Washington, D.C. for five years before joining The Permanente Medical Group in 2016, where she practices primary care medicine in Salud en Espanol at Kaiser Permanente Oakland.

Dr. McClure's interests have grown from food as medicine with a plant-based diet, to lifestyle medicine, to planetary health - understanding that we can only be as healthy as the air we breathe and environment we live in. After having her daughter in 2018, Dr. McClure became inspired to leverage her voice as a physician in raising awareness about the public health harms of climate change, and the importance of protecting our children's health. By engaging in advocacy and education around climate change as a health crisis, she's experienced a profound new depth of meaning in medicine. She is also a member and delegate of the California Medical Association, and co-founder of California Climate Health Now.


Registration Note: If you are experiencing difficulties registering for the class while at work, it may be due to firewall restrictions. Try using a personal device (phone, tablet, laptop), to complete your registration. If you continue to experience difficulties, please email for support. Technical requests will typically be answered between one and two business days.

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