Session VI: Driving Change: Health

Serving on the front lines of our pandemic, severe weather events and every day life in our communities, health professionals are acutely aware of the need for climate solutions that protect the health and wellbeing of all people equitably. In this session, learn how they work to secure our health,while finding ways to lead on climate, and encouraging policy makers to act.

Sacoby Wilson Ph.D., M.S
Associate Professor
Applied Enviro Health (MIAEH) Univ. of Maryland

About Sacoby:

Dr. Sacoby Wilson is an Associate Professor with the Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health and Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health, University of Maryland-College Park. Dr. Wilson has over 15 years of experience as an environmental health scientist in the areas of exposure science, environmental justice, environmental health disparities, community-engaged research including crowd science and community-based participatory research (CBPR), air pollution studies, built environment, industrial animal production, climate change, and community resiliency. He works primarily in partnership with community-based organizations to study and address environmental justice and health issues and translate research to action. Dr. Wilson is also Director of the Community Engagement, Environmental Justice and Health (CEEJH) Initiative. CEEJH is focused on providing technical assistance to communities fighting against environmental injustice and environmental health disparities in the DMV region and across the nation including projects in Bladensburg, Maryland, Langley Park, Maryland, Uniontown, Alabama, Mebane, North...
Georges Benjamin MD
Executive Director
American Public Health Association

About Georges:

As executive director of APHA since 2002, Dr. Georges Benjamin is leading the Association’s push to make America the healthiest nation in one generation. He came to APHA from his position as secretary of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Benjamin became secretary of health in Maryland in April 1999, following four years as its deputy secretary for public health services. There, he oversaw the expansion and improvement of the state’s Medicaid program. Benjamin, of Gaithersburg, Maryland, is a graduate of the Illinois Institute of Technology and the University of Illinois College of Medicine. He is board-certified in internal medicine and a fellow of the American College of Physicians. He is the author of more than 100 scientific articles and book chapters. His recent book The Quest for Health Reform: A Satirical History is an expose of the nearly 100-year quest to ensure quality, affordable health coverage for...
Day 2 - August 13, 2020
Rebecca Rehr
Director Climate for Health

About Rebecca:

Rebecca Rehr is the Director of ecoAmerica’s Climate for Health Program, a national initiative led by a diverse network of health leaders from across the sector. Rebecca is also currently serving on the National Recreation and Park Association Climate and Health Advisory Panel, and American Geophysical Union’s GeoHealth Section leadership. She was previously the Public Policy & Advocacy Manager for the Maryland Environmental Health Network, where she developed and supported statewide initiatives addressing climate change, pesticide use, lead poisoning, fracking, health impact assessments, and environmental justice. Rebecca completed a two-year fellowship in the Office of Children’s Health Protection at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and has previously served on the Maryland Commission on Environmental Justice and Sustainable Communities and as Advocacy Chair for the Maryland Public Health Association. She holds a BA in Environmental Studies and Public Policy from Franklin and Marshall College and an MPH from the University of...
Fan Tait M.D. FAAP
Chief Medical Officer
American Academy of Pediatrics

About Fan:

V. Fan Tait is a pediatric neurologist and brings years of experience in child health and wellness, family-centered care in medical homes, children with special needs and health care delivery systems. She is currently the chief medical officer of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) where examples of her leadership and oversight include: Global Child Health; Healthy Resilient Children, Youth and Families; health equity, the development of AAP policy; the AAP Pediatric Leadership Initiative; and Physician Wellness and Resilience. For more than 10 years, she directed the Department of Child Health and Wellness which included many of the strategic priorities of the academy such as: early brain and child development; the Institute of Healthy Childhood Weight; Bright Futures (which is the anticipatory, preventative guidance for children, adolescents and young adults from birth to 21 years of age) and the National Center on Early Childhood Health and Wellness, which addresses health...
Day 2 - August 13, 2020