The Intersection of Climate Justice and Healthcare (POST 3)

Climate change will affect us all; however, certain sectors of the population will be impacted more severely by its effects than others. According to Dr. Edith Peterson Mitchell, current editor-in-chief of the Journal of the National Medical Association and professor of medicine at Thomas Jefferson University, “many of the disease processes related to climate change already have proven disparities…in racial and ethnic minority communities, geriatric populations, the poor, as well as rural and communities with limited access to healthcare” (Mitchell, 2022). These communities are already well recognized to have poorer health outcomes compared to other populations.

However, the added burden of climate change “deepens pre-existing inequalities by taking the greatest toll on those already at heightened risk” (Antosh, 2022).  In her September grand rounds presentation, Dr. Natalie Antosh, a 3rd year resident at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, paints an important and startling picture of these added health burdens. The effects of air pollution, extreme heat, extreme weather events, food insecurity, and disease, all brought about by climate change, are discussed in detail in her presentation. For example, she notes that an additional 5 million deaths around the world each year are linked to abnormally hot temperatures. Extreme weather events, such as flooding, lead to increases in waterborne diseases when sanitation systems are disrupted. These and other weather events, such as forest fires, also have significant impacts on the mental health in the communities they impact.  Additionally, rates of diseases such as Malaria and Lyme disease are also increasing, with the number of Lyme disease cases doubling over the past 30 years as climate changes allows the ticks that carry this disease to expand their territory.

One notable source of information for Dr. Antosh’s presentation was a 2021 report by the Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change. This yearly report, written by a multidisciplinary collaboration, including scientists, public health experts, and health professionals, analyzes 44 specific indicators related to the health impacts of climate change. The report’s introduction notes, “Even with overwhelming evidence on the health impacts of climate change, countries are not delivering an adaptation response proportionate to the rising risks their populations face… [A]ccelerated adaptation is essential to reduce the vulnerabilities of populations to climate change…[but] this will only be possible if the world acts together to ensure that no person is left behind” (Romenello).

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Antosh, N. (2022). “An Introduction to Climate Change & Health.” Department of Family & Community Medicine Presentations and Grand Rounds. Paper 544.

Mitchell, E. P. (2022). Disparities in impact of global warming and climate change in the United States. Journal of the National Medical Association, 114(5), 465-466.

Romanello, M. et al. (2021). The 2021 report of the Lancet Countdown on health and climate change: code red for a healthy future. The Lancet. 398(10311), 1619-1662).

Celebrate Open Access Week: “Open for Climate Justice” (POST 2)

It is Open Access Week again, and this year the theme is Open For Climate Justice. Programs will be held at libraries and universities around the world to encourage communities to collaborate to address this important issue. Climate change does not and will not affect everyone around the world equally. Richer nations and those in power will be able to weather the effects of climate change much more easily than poorer nations or underrepresented communities. Access and control of data and information about climate change can play a part in ameliorating this imbalance, as “equitable knowledge sharing” can help address the “inequities that shape the impacts of climate change and our response to them” (SPARC).

The library will publish a series of posts this week designed to help the Jefferson community appreciate in more detail how the open sharing of information is critical to our future. We will discuss how information, or a lack of it, can affect power imbalances, and we will highlight several projects that seek to make data related to the intersection of climate justice and health more open.

This series will also highlight a few Thomas Jefferson University community members who have already dedicated themselves to raising awareness about the intersections of climate change and health.  Recently, Dr. Edith Mitchel published an editorial in the Journal of the National Medical Association, calling on physicians and clinicians to “influence the impact of policies related to diminishing the effects of….climate change on the health risks of individuals.” She told Larissa Gordon, Scott Library’s Scholarly Communications Librarian, that it was “very important” for individuals to “have access to important information regarding [the] potential impact” that climate change has “on wellness, wellbeing and healthcare.”

Dr. Natalie Antosh, a third-year resident at Jefferson, gave a Grand Rounds presentation on this topic to the Department of Family and Community Medicine last month. This talk is openly available on Jefferson’s institutional repository, the Jefferson Digital Commons (JDC). Dr. Antosh believes that this type of open access “is crucial in minimizing barriers to educational resources” to help everyone become more aware of “important topics such as the intersection of climate change and health.”

Stay tuned to Library News to learn more about the intersection of climate justice and health care, and about how the open sharing of information can address this issue. To follow activities taking place around the world related to this year’s Open Access Week theme use the Twitter hashtag #openforclimatejustice.

Open Access Week: Campus Events on Tuesday and Thursday (POST 1)

Today is the first day of Open Access Week, promoting awareness about the importance of making scientific research accessible to everyone, not just the people and institutions which can afford to pay for that access.

On Tuesday, October 25, and Thursday, October 27, a representative from the Scott Memorial Library will host an information table where Jeffersonians can learn more about the results of a faculty survey about their knowledge and experience with predatory publishing. The dates and locations for the tables are below.

Predatory or deceptive publishers charge authors Article Processing Charges (APCs), as do legitimate open access journals. However, these predatory journals then fail to meet scholarly publishing standards, such as maintaining a rigorous peer review process. They abuse the open access author-pays model for their profit, taking advantage of the need for academics to provide open access to publicly funded research. These actions reflect poorly on the many high-quality open access journals.

Predatory publishing is not just a problem for individual authors but science as a whole. For example, climate deniers can publish their papers in some more problematic predatory journals (Readfearn, 2018).

However, it is not just unscrupulous individuals who seek to publish work in these predatory publications. Our survey shows that faculty are frequently targeted by unsolicited emails from journal publishers (74% responding at least once per week, n=58), many of which are likely predatory.

A sizable percentage of faculty surveyed admit to not having learned much about the journal publication process and how to evaluate journals during graduate school. This means that some faculty may be more vulnerable to invitations from predatory publishers.

A clear majority of faculty felt that these evaluation skills are important ones that should be taught to graduate students at Jefferson.

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, the survey demonstrated that many Jeffersonians are not familiar with the Library’s Open Access Fund. The Fund is designed to help faculty publish their research in quality, well-respected, open access journals so more people around the world can access their work.

Please stop by to learn more about this survey and the Jefferson Library’s Open Access Fund:

Tuesday, October 25, 11 am – 1 pm, in the JAH lobby

Thursday, October 27, 10 am – 12 pm, in the BLSB lobby

Learn more on our predatory publishing guide.


Readfearn, G. (2018, January 23). Murky world of “science” journals a new frontier for climate deniers. The Guardian.

Check out these 7 resources to celebrate National Physical Therapy Month

National Physical Therapy Month raises awareness around the many benefits of physical therapy and is a time to celebrate physical therapists. This year’s focus is on the importance of physical activity. Check out the following videos, eBooks, and graphic medicine books to learn more about patient care, improving outcomes, and the gap between medicine and fitness.

Dutton’s Orthopedic Examination, Evaluation, and Intervention

Improving Functional Outcomes in Physical Rehabilitation

Mobility in Context: Principles of Patient Care Skills

Neuroscience and Neuroanatomy for Physical Therapy

General Collection
Occupational Therapy Toolkit: Patient Handouts and Treatment Guides

Graphic Medicine
The Long Road Home: One Step at a Time

Physical Therapy in the Health Club Setting

It’s National Medical Librarians Month: Learn the vital role librarians play in patient care

Did you know that October is the official month to celebrate medical librarians? This year’s theme is Make Better Decisions Faster: Consult Your Health Information Professional and is a great reminder that medical librarians can help you find credible health information quickly and efficiently.

Medical librarians access and deliver information for patient care, research, and publication. They help improve health outcomes for patients by providing evidence-based answers to important medical questions, sometimes in time-sensitive emergency room settings. Medical librarians save hospitals money and can improve the patient experience by helping cut down patient hospital stay time.

At Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, our medical librarians are here to help with systematic reviews, point-of-care resources like DynaMed, and more.

Visit our Jefferson Libraries website to learn how librarians can help you and schedule a consultation to meet at a convenient time.

Writers & Artists: Submit your work for the next issue of Evanescent (due November 30)

Submit your work for the next issue of Evanescent, a literary journal published by the Jefferson Center for Injury Research and Prevention (JCIPE) dedicated to stories of injury and all its victims.

Evanescent journal articles discuss issues of physical and mental health, social determinants of health, health equity, illness, medicine, trauma and healing, empathy, wellness, and other related topics.

The 4th issue of Evanescent will cover the theme: Where is Our Empathy?

Read the guidelines and submit your work now. In addition to seeking writing, the editors are are looking for compelling visual art and photography that address these issues. The deadline to submit your work is Wednesday, November 30.

Attend the ORCID Workshop for Researchers on Oct. 25 to learn how the tool can save you time

If you conduct research and aren’t yet using ORCID, which stands for Open Researcher and Contributor ID, attend the upcoming workshop to learn about the tool.

ORCID Workshop for Researchers on Tuesday, October 25, from 1-2 pm, will provide an introduction to ORCID. You’ll learn how to create an ORCID record and find out how to use ORCID to your advantage when working with research institutions, funders, and other organizations. Learn more about the session and register now. 

ORCID is a persistent digital identifier and associated researcher profile that provides many benefits.

ORCID links your research together, which helps distinguish authors with similar names. An increasing number of journal submission forms, grant applications, and programs (such as Interfolio) can be auto-populated with ORCID. Trusted organizations can add information to your ORCID record, so you can spend more time conducting research and less time managing it.  

Don’t have time to attend the workshop? Learn about ORCID by visiting the Orchid for Researchers website or contacting

A Conversation with Evan Laine: Wednesday, October 26

The Arlen Specter Center, Paul J. Gutman Library, and University of Pittsburg Library System present:

A Conversation with Evan Laine
on his book Arlen Specter: Scandals, Conspiracies, and Crisis in Focus
Wednesday, October 26, 2-3pm or on Zoom
Nexus Library Instruction Space (LIS), Gutman Library

Refreshments will be provided for all attending in person. Learn more about the event, the book, and the Arlen Specter Center on our website.

You’re invited!  LabArchives Virtual User Group Event and Research Edition Bootcamp – October 10-21

Whether you are a current LabArchives user or cautiously sitting on the sidelines reluctant to change old habits, this two-week event is dedicated to improving the management of your data.

The week kicks off with their popular Virtual User Group Event on October 10 and includes an assembled group of researchers and research support staff sharing their experiences on getting started and adapting the LabArchives Notebook, Inventory, and Scheduler to their unique workflows. (Jefferson’s subscription includes all but Scheduler.) Who better to get advice from than actual researchers themselves? Now is your chance to hear directly from fellow users and ask questions directly during this interactive event. This year’s group of speakers come from, Moffitt Cancer Center, Weill Cornell Medicine, Gloucester Marine Genomics Institute and KBI Biopharma Inc.

After hearing first-hand from other LabArchives users on how they’ve made LabArchives part of their research data management toolkit, attend one of the topical training sessions to learn how you can use the LabArchives products to help you and your research teams to become more organized, efficient, and productive.

This Year’s Topics Include:

  • 2022 Researcher Virtual User Group Event
  • Cloning Workflows for LabArchives and SnapGene
  • LabArchives Notebook Set-up Overview Session
  • LabArchives Template and Widget Building basics
  • Using LabArchives to Support your Data Management and Sharing Plans
  • LabArchives Notebook for Commercial Teams
  • LabArchives Inventory – Streamline the organization, tracking, and ordering of lab inventory

Click here for more information and to register for the Bootcamp Training Sessions and the Virtual User Group Event

Honor Indigenous Peoples’ Day with these books and videos

Monday, October 10, is Indigenous Peoples’ Day in America and is a time to honor Native American cultures, histories, and people. Celebrate the vibrant and vast traditions, voices, and contributions of Indigenous people by diving into the Jefferson Libraries eBooks, videos, and physical books. The resources below include fiction and non-fiction works written by and about Native Americans that discuss Native American history, architecture and art, music, poetry, and much more.


In the Belly of a Laughing God: Humor and Irony in Native Women’s Poetry by Jennifer Andrews

Crossing Waters, Crossing Worlds: The African Diaspora in Indian Country, edited by Tiya Miles and Sharon P. Holland

A Generation Removed: The Fostering and Adoption of Indigenous Children in the Postwar World by Margaret D. Jacobs ; designed by A. Shahan

Indigenous Pop: Native American Music from Jazz to Hip Hop edited by Jeff Berglund, Jan Johnson, and Kimberli Lee

Medicine Women: The Story of the First Native American Nursing School by Jim Kristofic

In the Night of Memory: A Novel by Linda LeGarde Grover

Our Stories Remember: American Indian history, Culture, & Values through Storytelling by Joseph Bruchac

Reckonings: Contemporary Short Fiction by Native American Women edited by Hertha D. Sweet Wong, Lauren Stuart Muller, Jana Sequoya Magdaleno.

Standing with Standing Rock: Voices from the #NoDAPL Movement, edited by Nick Estes and Jaskiran Dhillon

Starring Red Wing! The Incredible Career of Lilian M. St. Cyr, the First Native American Film Star by Linda M. Waggoner

When My Brother Was an Aztec by Natalie Diaz

You Who Enter Here by Erika T. Wurth


Learn About the Different Forms of Native American Art

Native American Communities and Climate Change

Native American Imagery Is Everywhere, But Understanding Lags Behind

New Mexico Spoken Word Club Explores Native American Identity

Our Fires Still Burn: The Native American Experience

In the Stacks (Gutman):

Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses by Robin Wall Kimmerer

Magic Images: Contemporary Native American Art by Edwin L. Wade and Rennard Strickland

Men as Women, Women as Men: Changing Gender in Native American Cultures by Sabine Lang; [translated from the German by John L. Vantine]

Native American Architecture by Peter Nabokov, Robert Easton

Native American Literature by Andrew Wiget

Native American Voices on Identity, Art, and Culture: Objects of Everlasting Esteem, edited by Lucy Fowler Williams, William Wierzbowski, and Robert W. Preucel

Robes of Splendor: Native American Painted Buffalo Hides with contributions by George P. Horse Capture et al.; photographs of the hides by Daniel Ponsard

Seven Myths of Native American History by Paul Jentz

Southwest by Southwest: Native American and Mexican Designs for Quilters by Kirstin Olsen

In the Stacks (Scott):

Calling for a Blanket Dance by Oscar Hokeah

My Heart is a Chainsaw by Stephen Graham Jones

There, There by Tommy Orange

The Sentence by Louise Erdrich

Woman of Light by Kali Fajardo-Anstine

25 New eBooks in October: Books cover environmental health, telehealth for nurse practitioners, bariatric surgery, and the vocabulary of colors

Fall is in full swing, and we’re celebrating with 25 new eBooks. Many resources discuss nursing and environmental health, but other topics include infectious disease, hematology, and bariatric surgery. Check out the list of our new eBooks below, or browse our complete eBook collection for Center City/Scott Library and East Falls/Gutman Library.

AACN Essentials of Critical Care Nursing

AACN Essentials of Progressive Care Nursing

Adult-gerontology Nurse Practitioner Certification Intensive Review: Fast Facts and Practice Questions

Climate Changes and Epidemiological Hotspots

Climate Change and Global Public Health

Current Trends and Concerns in Infectious Diseases

Delivering Quality Healthcare for People with Disability

Environmental Health – Theory and Practice. Volume 1, Basic Sciences and Their Relations to the Environment

Environmental Health — Theory and Practice Volume 2, Coping with Environmental Health

Environmental Policy and Public Health. Volume 1.  Principal Health Hazards and Mitigation

Environmental Policy and Public Health. Volume 2, Emerging Health Hazards and Mitigation

Extreme Weather Events and Human Health: International Case Studies

Field Guide to Telehealth and Telemedicine for Nurse Practitioners and Other Healthcare Providers

Global Climate Change, Population Displacement, and Public Health: The Next Wave of Migration

Guidelines for Nurse Practitioners in Ambulatory Obstetric Settings

Hematology Board Review: Blueprint Study Guide and Q & A

Johns Hopkins Evidence-based Practice for Nurses and Healthcare Professionals: Model and Guidelines

 Leininger’s Transcultural Nursing: Concepts, Theories, Research, & Practice

Nursing Informatics for the Advanced Practice Nurse: Patient Safety, Quality, Outcomes, and Interprofessionalism

 Occupational Therapy Essentials for Clinical Competence

Otolaryngology: Head & Neck Surgery: Clinical Reference Guide

Pocket Guide to Bariatric Surgery

Successful Transition to Practice: a Guide for the New Nurse Practitioner

Transformational Leadership in Nursing: From Expert Clinician to Influential Leader

Werner’s Nomenclature of Colors: Adapted to Zoology, Botany, Chemistry, Mineralogy, Anatomy, and the Arts

Congratulations to the 2nd Annual Yeo Prize Winners

The 2nd annual Yeo Writing Prize, an award given by the Eakins Writers’ Council, highlights Jeffersonians who wrote impactful, personal, and therapeutic pieces on gun violence.

After careful review of all the entries by the Prize Judging panel, comprised of 11 members across the Jefferson Health Enterprise, the Eakins Writers’ Council announced the following winners:

First place:  “It Was Only One Bullet…” by Mark Chilutti, Asst VP Development

Second place (tie):  “Your Last Shot”  by Keyur Patel, General Surgery Resident

Second place (tie): “One Surgeon’s Story of Gun Violence” by Adam Frank, Surgeon, Dept of Surgery

Third place:  “One Lucky Day” by Margaret Kreher, Palliative Care Physician, Dept of Family and Community Medicine

Honorable mentions:

Abdul Waris Kazi, Internal Medicine Resident 
Christopher Drumm, Family Medicine Physician (Norristown)
Nancy Dinh, Work Study Student
Xiao Chi Zhang, Emergency Medicine Physician
Lyena Birkenstock, MD/MPH student 

There will be a reception featuring the readings from the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners on Thursday, November 17, from 5:30-7pm in the Eakins Lounge at Jefferson Alumni Hall at 10th and Locust on the Center City Campus. The keynote speaker will be Laura Madeline, Executive Director and Curator of Souls Shot Portrait Project.  This project links fine artists with families or friends of victims of gun violence.  Souls Shot’s goal is “to present diverse works that in some way relay graphically, or through narrative, the essence of the person being portrayed.”  Please save the date for this special event. 

The Writers’ Council and Judging Panel were moved by all the entries, many of which were deeply impactful, raw, chilling, and even inspiring. 

Also, it is not too late to submit a piece of writing for consideration for publication in the next issue of Evanescent

Read guidelines and submit at:

Health Humanities Reading Group: Henrietta Lacks & Joshua Under Contract

Join the Humanities Department for their upcoming reading groups in October. Participants are expected to read, and come prepared to discuss, the text selected for each session. Open to all Jefferson students, faculty, and staff.

Health Humanities Reading Group: Henrietta Lacks
Monday, October 3, 12-1 p.m., Scott Memorial Library 200A (register here)


This week, the Health Humanities Reading Group explores the life and legacy of Henrietta Lacks, whose cervical cells, taken and used without her knowledge, have played a role in modernity as we know it: from vaccines to medicine to space travel. Lacks’ story is unique but also representative of the pervasive mistreatment of Black people by institutions of medicine, science, education, and healthcare.

Special guest discussant: Ana Mari­a Lopez, MD, MPH, MACP, Professor and Vice Chair, Medical Oncology, Sidney Kimmel Medical College, Chief of Cancer Services, Jefferson Health New Jersey, Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center

Health Humanities Reading Group: Joshua Under Contract
Tuesday, October 25, 12-1 p.m., Scott Memorial Library 200A (register here)

Reading: “Joshua: Under Contract,” a chapter from The Beauty In Breaking: A Memoir (Penguin, 2020) by Michele Harper. Join a discussion about one night of Harper’s ER work in a Veterans’ hospital and how two very different patients helped her change her thinking about what it means to “cure” someone. She also discusses the difficulties of everyday life outside her work at the hospital and how to find peace in those places.

Facilitator: Katherine Hubbard, MA, Teaching Instructor, JeffMD Humanities Selectives, Sidney Kimmel Medical College

Access the Reading:

Participants are expected to read, and come prepared to discuss, the text selected for each session. To access the reading, participants must visit the Health Humanities Reading Group module in the Jefferson Humanities & Health organization on Canvas. Most Asano students are already users in the Humanities & Health Canvas course. If that is not the case, participants may email Kirsten Bowen, Humanities Program Coordinator, at

YOU’RE INVITED: Snacks, Games, and Fun at Campus Catch Up on Tuesday, October 11

Welcome back, Jefferson! Celebrate the start of the fall semester with the Scott Library. Stop by outside the library on Tuesday, October 11, from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. to catch up, enjoy some snacks and games, and learn about what’s new at Scott Library this year.

Play trivia to test your Jefferson knowledge, and you could win an Amazon gift card and other prizes. Grab some candy and snacks and learn about new library resources and tools to help you throughout the year.

No registration is needed – we can’t wait to catch up with you on Tuesday, October 11!