UCSF Fresno Informs Health Care Professionals and Public About Health Impacts of Air Pollution and Climate Change

April 2, 2019

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 Informs Health Care Professionals and Public About Health Impacts of Air Pollution and Climate Change

Media: Experts will be available for interviews the day of the event (April 6) in between 10 a.m. and 10:20 a.m. or in advance by calling (559) 313-6539.

FRESNO –  Air pollution in the San Joaquin Valley is some of the worst in the nation. The region fails to meet federal health standards for both ozone and particulate matter. Efforts to improve local air quality have made news recently, including the launch in Fresno of Unmask My City, a global air pollution initiative, and implementation of AB 617, a new state law that provides grants and enlists community participation aimed at improving air quality in communities most impacted by air pollution such as south central Fresno. 

The UCSF Fresno Department of Internal Medicine will present the Fourth Annual Air Pollution and Climate Change Symposium from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, April 6, at the UCSF Fresno Center for Medical Education and Research, 155 N. Fresno St., in downtown Fresno.

The conference will start at 8 a.m. with a welcome by UCSF Fresno’s recently appointed Chief of Internal Medicine Gregory K. Buller, MD.

Rep. Jim Costa will deliver opening remarks at about 8:05 a.m.

“One in six children in the Valley has asthma. Air pollution exacerbates and contributes significantly to lung diseases,” said Jose Joseph Vempilly, MD, a pulmonologist and professor of clinical medicine at UCSF Fresno. “One goal of this conference is provide clinical updates to health care providers to improve patient health.”

Another aim of the conference is to inform the community about air pollution in the region and contributing factors.

Leading experts will discuss the effect of air pollution on health; causes of increased wildfires in California; the role of agriculture in nitrogen oxide production; and impediments to air quality improvement among other topics.

Speakers include representatives from the American Lung Association; Central California Asthma Collaborative; faculty from UC Davis, UC Merced, University of Maryland and UCSF Fresno and Alexander Sherriffs, MD, faculty at UCSF Fresno and member of the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District and California Air Resources boards.

BMW Fresno will showcase and offer test drives of four plug-in hybrid models, including the 530e, i3, i8 and X5.

The registration fee for physicians seeking continuing medical education credit (CME) is $50. Up to four American Medical Association Physician Recognition Award Category 1 Credits are available.

Registration is free for the general public, medical residents, fellows and students.

Dr. Vempilly 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 and the American Lung Association.

Physician registration: https://www.eeds.com/live/608583

Public Registration: https://2019airpollution.eventbrite.com

For more information, please call (559) 499‐6446 or cme@fresno.ucsf.edu



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

About UCSF: UC San Francisco (UCSF) is a leading university dedicated to promoting health worldwide through advanced biomedical research, graduate-level education in the life sciences and health professions, and excellence in patient care. It includes top-ranked graduate schools of dentistry, medicine, nursing and pharmacy; a graduate division with nationally renowned programs in basic, biomedical, translational and population sciences; and a preeminent biomedical research enterprise. It also includes UCSF Health, which comprises three top-ranked hospitals, UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals in San Francisco and Oakland, and other partner and affiliated hospitals and healthcare providers throughout the Bay Area. UCSF also encompasses a branch campus in Fresno. Please visit www.ucsf.edu/news.

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