Last Updated: Oct 28, 2023
At its annual business meeting on Saturday, Oct. 28, the Pennsylvania Medical Society (PAMED) adopted a policy to address water pollution and its health impacts. The background of the resolution expressed concerns over the increase of chemicals found in Pennsylvania drinking water which were above the health advisory levels set by the Environmental Protection Agency.
The policy was authored by PAMED members and medical students Cynthia McMahan and Natasha Mayer who said, “We’re excited that moving forward, water pollution will be addressed by PAMED as a threat to the health of Pennsylvania residents, especially those in historically marginalized communities. We believe that environmental justice advocacy is a part of our societal responsibility as physicians and future physicians.”
PAMED policy directs the organization’s advocacy efforts and continued education for its members.
Myla Merkel, Pennsylvania Medical Society