Cheryl Holder, a Fellow in the American College of Physicians and key medical provider leader, is dedicated to serving underserved populations. As faculty at Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, Cheryl’s work assesses the impact of social determinants of overall health on health outcomes. Her work also addresses diversity in the health professions through pipeline programs. Key among her efforts is her work around HIV and the broader health impact associated with climate change. Cheryl is the Director of Green Family Foundation NeighborhoodHELP™ Education and Pipeline Program. She is President of the Florida State Medical Association in addition to serving as Co-Chair of Florida Clinicians for Climate Action, where she works to increase climate literacy and enhance awareness of the impact of climate change on vulnerable populations. Cheryl is the recipient of: 2016 FIU Medallion Cal Kovens Distinguished Community Service Award; 2017 Faculty Convocation Award in Service, and 2019 Tow Humanism in Medicine Award.Find out more
Over the last 5-7 years, Clinician for Climate Action Cheryl Holder has noticed the rise of a different epidemic among vulnerable and low-resource populations. She is witnessing first hand the impact of climate change on the health of her Florida patients and advocates for comprehensive medical prevention and care strategies to address inequities. Cheryl is convinced that by providing a model of medicine that incorporates economic and social justice, clinicians can help prepare their patients for the climate related health challenges they will face.
Watch Cheryl’s Talk "The link between climate change, health and poverty" to learn more about her proposed tools and strategies that would make for a robust medical response to climate change.