Massachusetts Medical Society: Environmental Health

Environmental Health

The environments in which we live, learn, work and play affect our health. The MMS Committee on Environmental and Occupational Health educates physicians, develops policies and advocates for patients on environmental health issues that affect patient health.


  • Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
    An online CME course for physicians about recognizing, screening for, and treating carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Asthma Web Resources
    Links to professional organizations, disease management information and links for patients.

Resources on Climate Change and Human Health

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    Organizes the effects of climate change on human health into 9 distinct categories and details the connection between the environmental impacts of climate change and particular health risks.
  • World Health Organization
    Explains the impact of climate change on the social determinants of health, the environmental effects of climate change on public health, and what populations are most at risk from the effects of climate change. 
  • National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
    Provides information about the potential health impacts of climate change and identifies key areas where research is needed to develop sound mitigation and adaptation strategies.
  • Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
    Collects extensive scientific and technical documentation and data on the effects of climate change worldwide, including periodic assessment reports and specialty reports.
  • Harvard Center for Health and the Global Environment
    Details the potential negative impacts of climate change on children’s health worldwide and examines the areas that pose the greatest risks to global health. 
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Health Risks of Recreational Marijuana

RR 2 Health RisksEmerging clinical evidence and reports of public health impacts from other states.

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Resources on Recreational Marijuana

RR 3 ResourcesDownloadable resources for physicians and patients and links to reports and organizations with education and information about recreational marijuana.

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