UCSF Fresno To Address Health Impacts of Air Pollution and Climate Change at Third Annual Symposium

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 4, 2018

UC San Francisco
Jennifer O’Brien, Asst. Vice Chancellor/Public Affairs
Source: Brandy Ramos Nikaido, Director of Media Relations and Public Affairs, UCSF Fresno
Cell: (559) 313-6539 Email: bnikaido@fresno.ucsf.edu

UCSF Fresno
Medical Education Program
115 N. Fresno Street
Fresno, CA 93701
(559) 499-6400

UCSF Fresno To Address Health Impacts of Air Pollution and Climate Change at Third Annual Symposium

FRESNO – Air pollution and climate change present serious health implications, particularly in the San Joaquin Valley where air is some of the most polluted in the United States and significant health disparities exist.

The UCSF Fresno Department of Internal Medicine will present the Third Annual Air Pollution and Climate Change Symposium from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, April 7, at the UCSF Fresno Center for Medical Education and Research, 155 N. Fresno St., in downtown Fresno.

Leading experts will discuss the state of air pollution in the Central Valley; the effect of air pollution on obstructive airway diseases; climate change and its impact on air pollution; and mid- and long-term solutions to combat climate change and air pollution.

Assemblymember Dr. Joaquin Arambula will deliver opening remarks.

Former NASA Chief Scientist Waleed Abdalati, PhD, will present a “Space-Based View of Our Changing Planet.”

A goal of the conference is to deliver clinical updates to health care providers to improve patient health outcomes. The symposium also is open to those interested in learning about air pollution in the region and efforts to improve air quality and combat climate change.

The registration fee is $50. Up to five American Medical Association Physician Recognition Award Category 1 credits are available. Registration is free for medical residents, fellows and students.

Jose Joseph Vempilly, MD, professor of clinical medicine at UCSF Fresno, and Daya Upadhyay, MD, associate professor of clinical medicine at UCSF Fresno, are the course directors for this event.

The Air Pollution and Climate Change Symposium is sponsored by Community Medical Centers, the American Lung Association and Valley Public Radio.

More details and register at: http://www.fresno.ucsf.edu/conferences/air2018/

Questions? Please call (559) 499‐6446.

 

About UCSF Fresno: UCSF Fresno Medical Education Program is a branch campus of UCSF, the leading institution dedicated exclusively to the health sciences. Established in 1975, UCSF Fresno is focused on improving health in California’s San Joaquin Valley through excellence in teaching and patient care, innovative clinical research and community partnerships. UCSF Fresno is the largest physician-training program between Sacramento and Los Angeles – training more than 300 physicians and 300 rotating medical students each year. Nearly 700 UCSF core and volunteer faculty at UCSF Fresno care for thousands of patients annually and train the next generation of outstanding clinicians and patient advocates. Fifty percent of the physicians trained at UCSF Fresno stay in the Valley to provide UCSF care. In addition, UCSF Fresno helps prepare middle, high school and college students for careers in health and medicine through a variety of pipeline programs. Please visit www.fresno.ucsf.edu

 

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