[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]As we reflect upon the first anniversary of Hurricane Maria devastation of Puerto Rico and neighboring islands, our own Meredith Niess, MD, MPH, an internal medicine primary care provider at Fair Haven Community Health Care, will share her first-hand perspective of FHCHC’s post hurricane patient care, as part of Yale University’s Climate Migration Conference.
Created to investigate Climate Induced Displacement: Legal Opportunities and Challenges, the conference runs this Friday and Saturday. Dr. Niess will speak about FHCHC’s work in the “Local Responses to Displacement” session, which will be held on Friday October 12th from 3:30-4:30pm at the Luce Auditorium at 34 Hillhouse Ave, New Haven, CT (enter on Prospect St). The session will focus on physical and mental health, and social needs and responses to the internal displacement that followed both Hurricane Maria and Katrina. It will feature individual observations and findings, plus a panel discussion.
The Yale organizers see this conference as a chance to deeply understand the less frequently acknowledged impacts of climate change and hope to draw attention to climate migration and inform the upcoming UN Climate Change Convention discussions on this issue. The conference is sponsored by the Macmillan Center Program on Refugees, Forced Displacement and Humanitarian Responses. For more information, click here.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]