Florida Medical Association
The Florida Medical Association (FMA) has more than 16,000 physician members and is headquartered in Tallahassee, Florida, USA. The FMA exists to help physicians practice medicine. In carrying out our mission, we adhere to the following values:
ADVOCACY: Speaking for physicians and their patients
QUALITY: Promoting the highest standards of medical care
PROFESSIONALISM: Delivering care with integrity and compassion
FREEDOM: Maintaining choice in a free-market system that respects the patient/physician relationship
EDUCATION: Promoting life-long learning and the education of future physicians
HEALTHY FLORIDIANS: Promoting comprehensive patient care and public health.
The FMA has had a robust interest in environmental health since 2002 when it established the Environment and Health Section. These functions were transferred in 2012 to the Council on Healthy Floridians now under the leadership of Dr Beny Rub. The FMA House of Delegates has adopted a dozen environmental health policies on topics that include air and water quality, urban planning, climate change, environmental education and the physician’s responsibility for the environment. My Green Doctor was launched in 2001 as part of the FMA’s fulfillment of FMA policies on these topics.
For further information concerning the Florida Medical Association or about becoming a member, see our website (www.flmedical.org) or contact Dr Todd L Sack, Editor, My Green Doctor ([email protected]).
World Medical Association
The World Medical Association (WMA) is an international organization representing physicians. It was founded on the 17th of September, 1947, when physicians from 27 different countries met at the First General Assembly of the WMA in Paris. The organization was created to ensure the independence of physicians, and to work for the highest possible standards of ethical behavior and care by physicians. This was particularly important to physicians after the Second World War, and therefore the WMA has always been an independent confederation of free professional associations. Funding is provided by the annual contributions of its members, which has now grown to include 106 national medical associations representing more than 5 millions physicians.
The purpose of the WMA is to serve humanity by endeavoring to achieve the highest international standards in medical education, medical science, medical art and medical ethics, and health care for all people of the world. The WMA provides a forum for its member associations by holding General Assembly, Council meetings, and seminars on various healthcare topics, where physicians can communicate freely, cooperate actively, and achieve consensus on high standards of medical ethics and professional competence. A key goal is to promote the professional freedom of physicians worldwide. For more than sixty years, through our public meetings, policies, and guidelines, WMA has been a world leader in medical ethics, professionalism, research standards, human rights and environmental protection.
The membership of the Association is comprised of physicians representing national, non-governmental, associations of physicians. Individual physicians can join the WMA as Associate Members, with voting rights at the Annual Associate Members Meeting and the right to participate in the General Assembly is given to representatives of the Associate Members.
The World Medical Association is proud to participate in My Green Doctor by serving on the My Green Doctor Editorial Board and by offering My Green Doctor as a benefit for our members. For more information, see our website (www.wma.net) or contact Clarisse Delorme ([email protected]).
The Medical Society Consortium on Climate & Health
Climate change is one of the most important issues of our time and has major health and healthcare implications. As some of the most respected professionals in America, doctors and nurses have a crucial part to play in raising awareness of the public about these issues. To facilitate the medical community’s awareness raising efforts, the Medical Society Consortium on Climate Change and Health (the Consortium) brings together associations representing approximately 500,000 clinical practitioners to carry three simple messages:
- Climate change is harming Americans today and these harms will increase unless we act;
- The way to slow or stop these harms is to decrease the use of fossil fuels and increase energy efficiency and use of clean energy sources; and
- These changes in energy choices will improve the quality of our air and water and bring immediate health benefits.
American medical societies and their members have an important opportunity to weigh in to help ensure that the health risks of climate change and the health benefits of climate solutions, especially clean energy, are clearly understood. The voices of America’s medical societies have the potential to help reframe the dialogue – putting human health and wellbeing front and center in the conversation.
American Academy of Family Physicians
Founded in 1947, the American Academy of Family Physicians represents 136,700 physicians and medical students nationwide, and it is the only medical society devoted solely to primary care.
Family physicians conduct approximately one in five of the total medical office visits in the United States per year – more than any other specialty. Family physicians provide comprehensive, evidence-based, and cost-effective care dedicated to improving the health of patients, families and communities. Family medicine’s cornerstone is an ongoing and personal patient-physician relationship where the family physician serves as the hub of each patient’s integrated care team.
With more Americans depending on family physicians than on any other medical specialty, family physicians diagnose and treat a multitude of diseases that result from the impact of climate change and poor environmental conditions. The AAFP is committed to working with other health care organizations to inform the public and policymakers about the harmful health effects of climate change.
To learn more about the AAFP and our commitment to environmental health and combatting climate change, visit www.aafp.org. Follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook. For information about health care, health conditions and wellness, visit the AAFP’s award-winning consumer website, www.familydoctor.org.
Florida Academy of Family Physicians
The Florida Academy of Family Physicians (FAFP) is composed of more than 5,400 family medicine physicians, resident physicians, and medical students from across the state. The FAFP works to advance the specialty of family medicine by promoting excellence and improvement in the healthcare of all Floridians. Our priority is to help our members become the best family physicians they can be through effective communication, legislation/regulation, education, advocacy, research and motivation. The FAFP is the Florida chapter of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), which represents more than 124,900 members nationwide. Through its association with the AAFP, the Florida Academy strives to achieve the following goals:
ADVOCACY: Be the leading advocate for family physicians and the specialty of family medicine in Florida to promote healthcare excellence for patients.
EDUCATION: Be the premier resource for CME, knowledge exchange and professional development through the FAFP Foundation.
PRACTICE IMPROVEMENT AND CAREER ENHANCEMENT: Enhance and support members’ abilities to fulfill practice and career goals and pursue work-life balance. My Green Doctor is one of our member benefits that lowers office costs significantly while creating a healthier community. The benefit includes a free Green Doctor Office certificate for the offices of members who achieve this program’s environmental sustainability standards.
MEMBER ENGAGEMENT AND LEADERSHIP: Emphasize and enhance the value of a united profession through membership.
The FAFP also acts as the active voice for family medicine, advocating key issues among patients, the medical community, legislators and regulators, third-party payers, and the general public. The FAFP continually works to communicate, recognize and celebrate the issues of family medicine, while helping all Floridians to understand that having a family physician is vital to their health. Additionally, we strive to promote interest in family medicine as a career by working with Florida’s medical schools to provide quality residency and medical training programs in family medicine. Today’s initiatives of the FAFP will ensure the future of family medicine in Florida.
For more information about the Florida Academy of Family Physicians, visit www.fafp.org.
American Academy of Dermatology
The American Academy of Dermatology was founded in 1938. It is the largest, most influential and representative dermatology group in the United States. With a membership of more than 20,000, it represents virtually all practicing dermatologists in the United States, as well as a growing number of international dermatologists.
The American Academy of Dermatology aims to provide its members with all the tools and resources needed to grow and develop careers and deliver the highest quality patient care. An extensive array of services is available to assist dermatologists and their patients: https://www.aad.org/members
The International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA)
Founded in 1951, The International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), is one of the world’s largest student-run organization. We represent 1.3 million medical students worldwide and engaged every day with medical students from 136 national member organizations in 119 countries.
Our work is divided into four main global health topics: public health; sexual and reproductive health; medical education; and human rights & peace. Each year, we organize over 13,000 clinical and research exchanges for our students to be able to explore innovations in medicine, healthcare systems and healthcare delivery in other settings.
We train our members to give them the skills and resources needed to become leaders. We conduct regional and international meetings of medical students to exchange, discuss and initiate projects; our delegates participate also in some of the world’s most important conferences.
The IFMSA advocates for the pressing issues that matter to us, to shape the type of world in which we hope to live.
For student clerkship and exchange opportunities: http://ifmsa.org/frequently-asked-questions/
For general inquiries:
If you are unsure who to contact or simply want to find out more about the work of IFMSA, please email us at [email protected]
IFMSA International Secretariat, J0-208
1100 DE Amsterdam
Capital Medical Society
Welcome to Capital Medical Society (CMS).
Our Mission is to promote the practice of medicine for the ultimate benefit of the patient
We are the Tallahassee-based professional membership organization for physicians, representing more than 630 licensed physician members who live and work in Leon, Gadsden, Jefferson, and Wakulla Counties, Florida, USA. A non-profit corporation, CMS is governed by an annually elected Board of Governors and offers a variety of services to both its members and to the public. CMS is affiliated with the Florida Medical Association, the largest, most effective organization representing the interests of all Florida physicians and their patients.
Colorado Academy of Family Physicians
The Colorado Academy of Family Physicians is the only organization dedicated solely to family physicians in the state of Colorado. Our academy was founded in 1948 and currently represents over 2,600 practicing and retired family physicians, family medicine residents, and medical students.
We support Colorado’s family physicians and patients by providing state-level advocacy, offering affordable and relevant education through our Annual Summit and other events, and championing health of the public initiatives that help all Coloradans live healthier lives.
The CAFP’s mission is to serve as the bold champion for Colorado’s family physicians, patients and communities, through education and advocacy.
Our vision is thriving Family Physicians creating a healthier Colorado.
For more information about the Colorado Academy of Family Physicians please visit www.coloradoafp.org
Physicians for Social Responsibility (Washington, DC)
Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR), Co-Recipient of the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize, has since 1961 mobilized health professionals on the issues posing the gravest dangers to human health and survival: nuclear weapons, climate change and environmental toxins. PSR’s network of fourteen chapters in the United States informs the public and advocates at the local, federal, and international levels. PSR helped create the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) which was awarded the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize. PSR is pleased to be a My Green Doctor partner organization.
PSR’s website offers many educational resources and tools for public speaking and advocacy.
To learn about activities in your region, see the link to PSR’s chapters: http://www.psr.org/chapters/
To support Physicians for Social Responsibility: https://secure.psr.org/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=1898&ea.campaign.id=31330&ea.tracking.id=wrapper
Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments
“Nurses Caring for Climate and Health”
The Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments (ANHE) is a United States-based society of nurse professionals dedicated to help solve the world’s environmental challenges. Their website offers extensive useful information on topics that include “Climate Change”, “Safer Chemicals”, “Food Sustainability”, “Water and Health”, and “Energy and Health”. The ANHE welcomes nurses to join one or more of their five Working Groups focused on “Education”, “Research”, “Practice”, “Policy-Advocacy “ and “Climate Change”.
Participation and use of the website are open to all nurses worldwide. Please look at https://envirn.org to learn what you can do to create a healthier world.
Climate Psychiatry Alliance
Mission: The mission of the Climate Psychiatry Alliance is to inform the profession and the public about the urgent risks of climate change and the profound impacts on mental health and well-being caused by climate disruption. The grassroots affiliation of psychiatric professionals will have the ability to nimbly and creatively advocate and take actions that protect human health and create a sustainable world.
- To create a forum to bring psychiatrists together with a collective voice, since we are more effective when we join together;
- To provide a vehicle for sharing information, promoting empowering actions, supporting rational responses and fostering resilience;
- To provide resources and information to professionals, public and media about the mental health and health impacts of climate disruption;
- To influence policy through advocacy to our professional organizations and policy leaders at local, state and national levels;
- To establish collaboration with like-minded national and international colleagues and groups.
Membership requirements: All psychiatrists who share the commitment to restore a sustainable healthy climate are welcome. We are committed to principles of collaboration and shared decision-making: https://www.climatepsychiatry.org/join-1
Library: CPA’s website provides a large, searchable resource of the scientific and clinical literature about climate change and mental health: https://cpalib.herokuapp.com/papers/ .
Contact: [email protected]
Medical Students for a Sustainable Future (MS4SF)
Medical Students for a Sustainable Future is a network of medical students who recognize climate change as an urgent threat to health and social justice. Motivated to protect our future patients and the communities we love; we catalyze action to prevent and address the health harms of climate change.
We provide medical students with tools to tackle the climate crisis and make a difference in their institution and communities through advocacy, climate smart health care, communications & partnerships, curriculum reform, research, plant-based health, and ocean health:
We mobilize coordinated medical student actions and advocate for policy solutions to match the scale of the climate crisis. We provide resources and support to medical students across the country, so they can better engage in advocacy at institutional, local, and national levels.
Climate Smart Health Care
We seek to reduce the environmental impact of the health care sector, which accounts for 10% of our nation’s greenhouse gases. We work to align with the “do no harm” credo of physicians by improving the resiliency of health care facilities in the face of climate change. We facilitate sustainability initiatives at medical schools and their associated health care systems by collecting resources for and providing support to individuals hoping to lead such endeavors.
Communications & Partnerships
We create powerful communications tools that allow knowledge-sharing and interdisciplinary collaboration and maintain accessible social media platforms. We collaborate and partner with organizations whose missions and values align with our own to increase impact and reach.
We advocate for medical school curriculum reform to include the intersection of climate change, health, and health care delivery so we are prepared to care for our patients and build resilient health systems in the face of a changing climate. We work with medical schools to create standardized core competencies for a climate-health curriculum.
We help our community stay informed by creating a database of relevant articles and discussing current literature on the intersections between climate and health. We also support members in initiating research projects, facilitating collaborations within our group, and connecting students to research mentors.
We engage medical students in education on plant-based eating patterns and the relationship between food, health, and climate change. We incorporate plant-based nutrition into MS4SF advocacy, research, and curricular reform to further our climate goals.
We engage medical students on the interconnectedness between our world’s oceans and human health. We work with our larger leadership team to advocate for the health of our oceans and develop partnerships with institutions dedicated to research and education to advance the understanding of the ocean, challenges that threaten its health, and the role of the physician in its healing.