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Health Impacts of Global Warming subject of Regis College panel

September 11, 2008

Global warming is more than an environmental problem for shrinking ice caps and disappearing polar bears. Scientists report the likelihood that global warming affects people’s health, and there’s already evidence of the impact of warmer-than-normal weather on human beings. The effects of climate change run the gamut from less serious to fatal.

Regis College continues its Leadership Series on Health with a discussion on how to identify and be prepared for specific health issues related to global warming. “Health Issues Related to Global Warming” is the topic on Wednesday, September 24, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., in the Upper Student Union Lounge. Join moderator Roberta Herman, MD, Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and her panel of experts:

  • Paul Robert Epstein, MD, MPH, Associate Director, Center for Health and the Global Environment, Harvard Medical School
  • David Royer Easterling, PhD, Chief Scientific Services Division, National Climatic Data Center, Asheville, NC
  • Marcia Smith-Hutton, MSW, Private Practice in Brookline, MA


The panel will discuss the Kyoto Protocol, identify the diseases or conditions that could result from global warming, and present actions to halt the trend.

“Global warming affects everyone in one way or other, irrespective of where people live, their status in society, or their political party. In recognizing the health impacts, we are confirming that the effects are well beyond theoretical. This is a huge problem, and it is important that we deal with it,” said Mary Jane England ’59, MD, president of Regis College. “Regis is proud to present a distinguished interdisciplinary panel to discuss this critical aspect of global warming.”

Other lectures in the 2008-2009 series will consider such topics as “Complementary Medicine/Nutrition” (Oct. 29), “Disparities in Health and Hunger” (Nov. 19), “Massachusetts Health Care Reform Update,” (March 25, 2009) and “Autism,” (April 19, 2009).

The lectures as such are free and open to the public. Pre-registration by the Friday prior to each lecture is available, and preferred, for nurses and social workers who wish to earn free contact hours. The series is hosted in partnership with Harvard Pilgrim Health Care. For more information, call 781-768-7001, or e-mail presidents.lectureseries@regiscollege.edu. Regis College is located at 235 Wellesley St., Weston.


Regis College is a Catholic co-educational community that prepares undergraduate, graduate and continuing education students for engagement and service in a changing world. In the School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Nursing and Health Professions, approximately 1,600 students are enrolled in 24 undergraduate majors, graduate degree programs in education, communication, leadership and service, health product regulation, public administration and nursing, and a doctorate in nursing practice. U.S. News and World Report ranks Regis in the top tier of universities with master’s programs in the North. The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) lists Regis among benchmarking colleges for the quality of educational experience.

Harvard Pilgrim Health Care is a full-service health benefits company serving members throughout Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine, and beyond.

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