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AAD’s Climate Change & Environmental Affairs Expert Resource Group

Thursday, October 25, 2018   (0 Comments)
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Dear Colleagues,

We are writing to make sure you’re aware of the AAD’s Climate Change & Environmental Affairs Expert Resource Group. Our group is focused on tackling issues pertinent to climate change, dermatology, and the skin/environment interface and impacts.

Our Mission Statement is:
The Expert Resource Group for dermatologists concerned about Climate Change and Environmental Affairs (ERG-CC&EA) will: 1) enhance patient care by developing a community of expertise on environmental insults to skin health and emerging diseases; 2) promote physician education by facilitating communication and collaboration among dermatologists on issues arising from climate change and other environmental hazards; 3) advise and promote policies to reduce the carbon footprint within the AAD; 4) develop tools, guidelines, and resources for AAD members to implement in their homes, practices, business, groups, hospitals, facilities, and elsewhere to promote a low-carbon, environmentally friendly workplace; 5) promote research into dermatologic consequences of climate change and environmental degradation; 6) promote public policies that both foster healthy skin and are environmentally sensitive; 7) promote research on the numerous excipients in personal care products and their health and environmental consequences.

If you would like to hear more, please feel free to check out our AAD Member to Member web forum:

We are looking for dermatologists excited, concerned, passionate, or curious about climate change, the environment, and dermatology. We have a number of nascent task forces and areas of interest we are attempting to explore. You are welcome to be as actively involved or as passively listening as you’d like.

We will have an ERG meeting at the upcoming annual meeting of the AAD, communicate quarterly offline, and have active discussions via the web forum. Our ERG has been involved in AAD evaluation of impacts of sunscreen on coral health, environmental impacts of the skin, advising the AAD Board on issues pertaining to climate and dermatology, engaging with other sister organizations throughout the House of Medicine, coordinating with the Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health, and more.

There will be a session at the winter meeting focused on climate change and the skin (F069: Skin-Environmental Interface: Dermatologic Challenges of Our Changing Climate and Environment, 03/02/2019, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM).

If think you may be interested in joining or supporting this group and these efforts, please email one of us directly:
Misha Rosenbach
Mary Williams
David Fivenson

Society for Investigative Dermatology
526 Superior Avenue East, Suite 340
Cleveland, Ohio 4411

Tel: 216.579.9300
Fax: 216.579.9333

The SID mission is to advance the sciences relevant to skin disease through education,

advocacy and scholarly exchange of scientific information.