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Indian American Physician Appointed Member of White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council

Indian American Physician Appointed Member of White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council

  • Harleen Marwah, a Pediatric Resident Physician at Children‚Äôs Hospital of Philadelphia, is among 12 people named to the federal advisory committee to provide independent advice and recommendations on how to address current and historic environmental injustice.

Harleen Marwah, a Pediatric Resident Physician at Children‚Äôs Hospital of Philadelphia, has been appointed member of the White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council. She is one of 12 named to the council earlier this month by President Joe Biden to provide independent advice and recommendations on how to address current and historic environmental injustice. She brings experience in youth engagement and working at the intersection of healthcare and climate change to the Council. 

Marwah is the founding chair of Medical Students for a Sustainable Future, a community of medical students working to prevent and address the health harms of climate change.In 2019, she founded Medical Students for a Sustainable Future to bring together medical students for a collaborative effort to act on climate.

The Medical Students for a Sustainable Future website describes her as someone who ‚Äúrecognizes the need for clinicians and medical students to drive solutions and advocate for communities.‚ÄĚ Further, ‚Äúshe realizes how the formidable challenges that climate change poses can be intimidating for people to act on individually,‚ÄĚ the website adds. 

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She earned Health Care Without Harm’s 2020 Emerging Physician Leader Award, which recognizes medical students and professionals who have showcased a passion for sustainable health care practices and an overall commitment to climate action.

Before joining medical school, she earned her M.S. in Global Medicine and B.S. in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention from the University of Southern California. She also collaborated with the United Nations on the Paris Climate Agreement, attending the COP20 in Lima, Peru and the COP21 in Paris, France. During medical school, she continued her active engagement at the intersection of health and climate change through research, curriculum reform, and advocacy.

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