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  • Delivering climate-smart health care

    Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live Event on 11/15/2018 at 1:00 PM (EST)

    Learn about the environmental impact of health care delivery and unique opportunities to promote climate-smart health care during this emergency medicine physician-led webinar.

    Session Description

    While physicians take an oath to “do no harm,” the enormous environmental impact of health care operations in the United States is contributing to the burden of disease and harming the health of patients and communities. The health care sector produces an estimated 10 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, and hospitals consume more than 10 percent of the total energy use of all commercial buildings in the United States.

    Webinar participants will learn about the environmental impact of the health care sector and opportunities to promote environmentally responsible, climate-smart health care.

    Leading hospitals have been working to reduce their environmental impact, and physicians can be powerful champions to support the transition to environmentally sustainable health care. As an article in the AMA Journal of Ethics points out, “physicians and health organizations have obligations to use their influence, expertise, and resources to protect health, which includes promoting sustainability.”

    This webinar is the third in a three-part series, “Climate and health: An emergency medicine perspective.” Participate in the others on Sept. 20 and Oct. 30.

    To request a Practice Greenhealth account to access this and other Greenhealth Academy events, please click here.


    CME credits available

    Health Care Without Harm and Practice Greenhealth are offering one continuing medical education credit for this webinar. The University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine designates the “Climate and health: An emergency medicine perspective” webinar series for a maximum of three AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) ™. Physicians should only claim the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

    There is a $15 fee for each CME credit. Use this link to pay for your CME. (You must also register for each webinar via Greenhealth Academy.)

    An evaluation survey will be sent to you upon completion of the webinar. CMEs can only be received upon completion of the webinar and the evaluation survey.

    CME certificates will be delivered on a quarterly basis.


    Learning Objectives

    • Gain strategies to promote environmentally responsible  climate-smart health care.
    • Learn how life cycle analysis can help advance clinically sustainable health care.
    • Understand how the U.S. health care sector’s environmental impact contributes to the harming of patient and public health.
    • Discover how the sector is taking action under leadership of Health Care without Harm and Practice Greenhealth.

    Pricing

    Standard Fee: Free 
    Practice Greenhealth Member: Free
    Free Practice Greenhealth Subscriber: Free

    Dr. Amy Collins

    Practicing emergency medicine physician and Health Care Without Harm physician engagement senior clinical advisor

    Amy Collins, M.D., is a practicing emergency medicine physician, health care sustainability professional, and senior clinical advisor for Health Care Without Harm.

    Dr. Jonathan Slutzman

    Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital emergency medicine instructor

    Dr. Jonathan Slutzman is an instructor in emergency medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. He earned a BSE with honors in civil and environmental engineering from Princeton University, an Intern Engineer certificate from the State of New York, and an MD with distinction in disaster medicine from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Prior to a career in medicine, Slutzman was a consulting environmental engineer, completing projects in a variety of areas within environmental, health, and safety assessment. His academic focus is on the costs, both financial and environmental, of health care.

  • How hospitals are eliminating plastic straws

    Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live Event on 11/13/2018 at 1:00 PM (EST)

    Learn how three health care organizations are eliminating plastic straws in their cafeterias and finding safer alternatives.

    Session description

    Every year, 175 billion straws are used and discarded in the United States. To reduce this waste, single-use plastic straws are being banned by a growing list of cities and companies, and health care organizations are following suit.

    Discover why three Practice Greenhealth member health systems are eliminating their purchase of plastic straws for cafeterias and the strategies they’re employing to facilitate this change.

    Find out the latest on alternatives, including how to meet patient needs in clinical areas, and what to look for when considering the alternatives.

    To request a Practice Greenhealth account to access this and other Greenhealth Academy events, please click here.

    Learning objectives

    • Discover why plastic straws are being eliminated. 
    • Learn strategies used to eliminate plastic straws from cafeterias.
    • Understand the purchasing criteria available for alternatives.

    Pricing

    Standard Fee: Free
    Practice Greenhealth Member: Free
    Free Practice Greenhealth Subscriber: Free

    Colleen Groll, MSN, LEED AP BD&C

    Sustainability Program Manager, Seattle Children’s sustainability programs manager

    Colleen Groll has led programming and engagement across Seattle Children's for energy, water and waste reduction, sustainable purchasing, and healthy food and sourcing since 2013. Groll had a career as a nurse practitioner in primary care and oncology prior to making the transition into sustainability. She holds a master’s in nursing from Simmons College and is a certified sustainable building advisor and LEED AP BD&C.

    Michael Shelton

    Seattle Children’s nutrition buyer supervisor

    Michael Shelton has worked at Seattle Children’s for 14 years and in his current role for four years. He works closely with the sustainability and sourcing departments to expand their purchasing of local, organic, non-GMO products and antibiotic-free meats.

    Mary Ellen Leciejewski

    Dignity Health VP of corporate responsibility

    Sister Mary Ellen Leciejewski is an Adrian Dominican sister. At Dignity Health, she is responsible for overseeing systemwide sustainability initiatives and corporate social responsibility programs.

    Emma Eichelman

    Inova Health office of sustainability program coordinator

    Emma Eichelman joined Inova in February 2018 in a newly created role that focuses on alternative transportation initiatives for employees across the health system. Eichelman graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a bachelor’s of science in earth, society, and environmental sustainability.

  • Preparing for climate emergencies

    Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live Event on 10/30/2018 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

    Emergency medicine, through its leadership role in disaster response and as a safety-net provider, is often on the front lines of patient care during climate-related disasters. Hospitals and providers must be appropriately prepared for extreme weather events and health impacts.

    Session Description

    This webinar, led by emergency medicine physicians at the forefront of the intersection of climate change and health, will outline the current and predicted impacts of extreme weather events on emergency departments and health care systems. Recent extreme weather events will serve as case studies as experts discuss health impacts and opportunities for preparedness and resilience planning.

    Climate-related extreme weather events cause injury, illness, disruption in medical treatment, exacerbation of chronic disease, population displacement, and adverse mental health effects. These health impacts significantly increase burdens in emergency departments on the front lines of disaster leadership, response, and care for vulnerable populations. 

    Extreme weather events can disrupt infrastructure, including utilities, transportation, and communication systems, critical to maintaining access to emergency services and health care. Hospital supply chains may also be disrupted, leading to shortages of essential pharmaceuticals and medical devices. 

    This webinar is the second in a three-part series, “Climate and health: An emergency medicine perspective.” Participate in the others on Sept. 20 and Nov. 15.

    To request a Practice Greenhealth account to access this and other Greenhealth Academy events, please click here.


    CME credits available

    Health Care Without Harm and Practice Greenhealth are offering one continuing medical education credit for this webinar. The University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine designates the “Climate and health: An emergency medicine perspective” webinar series for a maximum of three AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) ™. Physicians should only claim the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

    There is a $15 fee for each CME credit. Use this link to pay for your CME. (You must also register for each webinar via Greenhealth Academy.)

    An evaluation survey will be sent to you upon completion of the webinar. CMEs can only be received upon completion of the webinar and the evaluation survey.

    CME certificates will be delivered on a quarterly basis.


    Learning Objectives

    • Understand the role of emergency medicine in preparing for extreme weather events.
    • Discuss geographically relevant climate risks and vulnerable populations.
    • Learn strategies for emergency department and  hospital-wide resilience through case studies.

    Pricing:

    Standard Fee: Free 
    Practice Greenhealth Member: Free
    Free Practice Greenhealth Subscriber: Free

    Dr. Paul Biddinger

    Center for Disaster Medicine director and Massachusetts General Hospital emergency preparedness vice chairman

    Dr. Paul Biddinger is director of the Center for Disaster Medicine and is vice chairman for emergency preparedness in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in Boston. He is also the medical director for emergency preparedness at MGH and at Partners Healthcare. He is an associate professor of emergency medicine at Harvard Medical School and a senior fellow at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

    Dr. Renee Salas

    Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital emergency medicine instructor

    Dr. Renee Salas is an instructor in Emergency Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. She is affiliated faculty and a Burke Fellow at the Harvard Global Health Institute, where she is advancing climate and health research, education, and advocacy with a special focus on the health and health care impacts of climate-sensitive extreme weather events. She founded and currently chairs the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine’s Climate Change and Health Interest Group.

  • Physician climate leadership

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 09/20/2018

    In this emergency medicine physician-led webinar, learn how climate change is impacting human health along with opportunities for physician advocacy through leadership, research, and education.

    Session Description

    Based on its clinical mission and role in the health care system as a safety net provider for vulnerable populations and a leader in disaster medicine and response, emergency medicine is on the front lines of the climate health crisis.

    Webinar participants will learn about the impacts of climate change on human health from nationally recognized climate health thought leaders. They’ll also learn about opportunities for physicians to advocate for a sustainable future through leadership, education, and research. 

    Climate change is already negatively affecting human health, and numerous professional medical societies have issued policy statements calling on physicians to advocate for policies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to educate their patients and communities about climate change and health.

    This webinar is the first in a three-part series, “Climate and health: An emergency medicine perspective.” Participate in the others on Oct. 30 and Nov. 15.


    CME credits available

    Health Care Without Harm and Practice Greenhealth are offering one continuing medical education credit for this webinar. The University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine designates the “Climate and health: An emergency medicine perspective” webinar series for a maximum of three AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) ™. Physicians should only claim the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

    There is a $15 fee for each CME credit. Use this link to pay for your CME. (You must also register for each webinar via Greenhealth Academy.)

    An evaluation survey will be sent to you upon completion of the webinar. CMEs can only be received upon completion of the webinar and the evaluation survey.

    CME certificates will be delivered on a quarterly basis.


    Learning Objectives

    • Learn about the impacts of climate on health and emergency medicine. 
    • Discuss how climate change disproportionately impacts vulnerable populations. 
    • Discover advocacy opportunities.
    • Understand the scientific basis of climate change and greenhouse gas emissions.

    Pricing

    Standard Fee: Free 
    Practice Greenhealth Member: Free
    Free Practice Greenhealth Subscriber: Free

    Dr. Jay Lemery

    University of Colorado School of Medicine professor of medicine

    Dr. Jay Lemery is an associate professor of emergency medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and is chief of the section of Wilderness and Environmental Medicine. He is the co-editor of Global Climate Change and Human Health: From Science to Practice (2015) and co-author of Enviromedics (2017). Lemery serves as an adviser to the organization Climate for Health (ecoAmerica) and the George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication.

    Dr. Jeremy Hess

    University of Washington associate professor of emergency medicine, global health and environmental medicine

    Dr. Jeremy Hess is associate professor of emergency medicine, global health and environmental medicine at the University of Washington. He is the principal investigator of a National Institutes of Health-funded grant supporting work in India on the epidemiology of extreme heat and strategies for developing, implementing, and evaluating early warning systems. He is also a consultant for the Climate and Health program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

  • Building momentum for climate solutions

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 08/09/2018

    Learn how health professionals can build on the momentum of upcoming events for greater climate action in their workplaces and communities.

    Session Description

    Join Health Care Without Harm for an engaging conversation about how health professionals can capitalize on a critical moment for global climate action happening in September. Learn how to easily plug into Health Care Without Harm’s programs and events, and gain simple actions you can take to build the momentum for climate solutions to protect health.

    Learning Objectives

    • how clinicians can use their trusted voice to advocate for climate solutions
    • advocacy tips and strategies for promoting climate solutions
    • the significance of the upcoming Global Climate Action Summit
    • how to participate from afar in affiliated climate and health events

    Pricing

    Standard Fee: Free  

    Practice Greenhealth Member: Free 

    Practice Greenhealth Subscriber: Free

    Gary Cohen

    Health Care Without Harm and Practice Greenhealth president and co-founder

    Gary Cohen has been a pioneer in the environmental health movement for more than 30 years. He is president and co-founder of Health Care Without Harm and Practice Greenhealth. He has received numerous recognitions for his achievements, including The MacArthur Foundation’s Environmental Health Advocate Fellows Award (2015) and the White House’s Champion of Change Award for Public Health and Climate Change (2013).

    Dr. Amy Collins

    Practicing emergency medicine physician and Health Care Without Harm physician engagement senior clinical advisor

    Amy Collins, M.D., is a practicing emergency medicine physician, health care sustainability professional, and senior clinical advisor for Health Care Without Harm.

    Shanda L. Demorest

    University of Minnesota School of Nursing clinical assistant professor, Nurses Climate Challenge project coordinator

    Shanda Demorest, DNP, RN-BC, PHN, is a clinical assistant professor at the University of Minnesota School of Nursing, a practicing cardiovascular nurse at Abbott-Northwestern Hospital, and the project coordinator for the Nurses Climate Challenge.

    Lauren Koch, MENR

    Health Care Without Harm Climate and Health associate director

    Lauren Koch, MA, MENR, holds a dual masters in environment and natural resources/public policy and administration from Ohio State University and is the associate director for Health Care Without Harm’s Climate and Health program with a focus on mitigation and resilience initiatives.

  • CleanMed 2018

    Contains 59 Component(s)

    The recordings from CleanMed 2018 are now available. All the concurrent sessions were recorded and are available for free to Practice Greenhealth members.

    Thanks to all the attendees, volunteers, and leaders that made CleanMed 2018 May 7-9 in San Diego, California yet another success. The learning doesn't have to end when the conference does. For Practice Greenhealth Members, you can now access the CleanMed 2018 recordings for free. For other guests who attended CleanMed 2018, simply enter the VIP code provided in your notification email for complimentary access to all recordings. Explore the plenary and conference sessions delivered across tracks including leadership, climate & energy, waste management, green building, safer materials, greening the supply chain, and food.

    Did you miss the event, or were you unable to attend? This package is available for purchase for $299. You can access and download the presentation materials from most of the sessions held across the three-day event.

    Please note that all users must have a Practice Greenhealth account in order to access the content on Greenhealth Academy. You can request a Practice Greenhealth account here

  • Greening the OR: Savings, trends, opportunities

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 04/18/2018

    Join us to examine the most recent Practice Greenhealth benchmark data and trends, and learn how health care facilities are saving more than $20,100 per operating room each year by implementing just a few of these strategies.

    Session Description

    The OR can be a pretty wasteful place, and we’re not just talking about physical trash. While crucial to patient care, the surgical department for many health care facilities can be a huge source of energy consumption, waste generation, and supply expenses, not to mention greenhouse gas emissions.

    Since 2010, Practice Greenhealth’s Greening the OR Initiative has urged health care institutions to consider sustainability programs in the hospital’s most environmentally impactful department. Health care facilities are saving more than $20,100 per operating room each year by implementing just a few of these programs. A hospital with 15 ORs focusing on seven of the Greening the OR strategies could save $311,000 annually.

    During this call, we’ll examine the most recent Practice Greenhealth benchmark data and highlight national trends. We’ll share success stories from leading hospitals and lessons to bring back to your facility.

    Learning Objectives

    You’ll hear lessons learned from Practice Greenhealth award-winning facilities and:

    • Discover how to frame the case for sustainability in the operating room from a health, financial, and environmental perspective. (A hospital with 15 ORs could save $311,000 annually.)
    • Learn how to use data and trends from across the sector to identify areas of increasing focus and opportunity.
    • Discuss strategies for OR nurses to be champions for sustainability and savings.

    Attendees can fill out the Greening the OR Checklist in advance.

    Pricing

    Standard Fee: Free 
    Practice Greenhealth Member: Free
    Free Practice Greenhealth Subscriber: Free

    Kaeleigh Sheehan

    Member Engagement & Greening the OR Mgr., Practice Greenhealth

    Kaeleigh is a Member Engagement Manager for Practice Greenhealth, largely focusing on the Greening the OR Initiative. She oversees the education, training, communications, public relations, tools, resources and engagements relative to Greening the OR efforts. Kaeleigh works to assist, enhance and establish sustainable best practices within the OR suite, as well as oversees the Council for Environmentally Responsible Surgery.

    Contact Info:

    Email: ksheehan@practicegreenhealth.org
    (T): 1-888-450-7707

    Julie Moyle

    Membership Outreach and Engagement Specialist

    Julie joined Practice Greenhealth as an Outreach and Engagement Specialist in 2015 by way of the Healthier Hospitals Initiative, and her role in the campaign as an Outreach Specialist in 2013. A currently practicing registered nurse, she began developing her interests in health care sustainability in 2003 with the opportunity to open and manage the surgery department at the country's first LEED certified hospital in Boulder, CO, where she currently lives. She earned her BSN from Vanderbilt University and Master's degree in Nursing Administration from Duke University. She has worked in the operating rooms of Shands Teaching Hospital at the University of Florida and Duke University Medical Center in clinical and management positions; the University of North Carolina School of Nursing as a visiting research instructor; and Cardinal Health as a consultant specializing in surgical services. Julie enjoys living in Colorado and when not in the office can be found somewhere in the backcountry hiking, skiing and backpacking, or domestically in the garden or kitchen. She volunteers her time as an Advisory Board member for the Philanthropiece foundation, a Boulder-based NGO supporting sustainable and innovative international community development, and has participated in international medical missions.

  • EPA warns EtO cancer risks, offers alternatives

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 03/14/2018

    Health care and commercial sterilization facilities often use ethylene oxide (EtO) to sterilize moisture- and heat-sensitive medical instruments. The EPA updated EtO to a “human carcinogen,” while increasing its lifetime inhalation cancer risk estimate about 60 times. The new cancer potency information supports the need to reduce EtO air emissions.

    Session Description

    Health care and commercial sterilization facilities often use ethylene oxide (EtO) to sterilize moisture- and heat-sensitive medical instruments. The EPA updated EtO to a “human carcinogen,” while increasing its lifetime inhalation cancer risk estimate about 60 times. The new cancer potency information supports the need to reduce EtO air emissions.

    Learning Objectives

    EPA’s presentation will outline:

    • What EtO is and how it’s used
    • EtO exposures and toxicology
    • EtO air monitoring and regulations
    • Potential for EPA collaboration with hospitals on alternative sterilization approaches

    Pricing:

    • Standard Price: Free
    • Practice Greenhealth Member: Free 
    • Practice Greenhealth Subscriber: Free

    Margaret Sieffert

    EPA environmental engineer

    Margaret Sieffert is an environmental engineer with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 5 in Chicago. She has worked for Region 5’s Air and Radiation Division for nearly 22 years. Sieffert is Region 5’s lead for outreach on ethylene oxide.

  • Practice Greenhealth 2017 Sustainability Benchmark Report

    Contains 2 Component(s)

    New, tailored analysis on sustainability trends and emerging issues. The 2016 Sustainability Benchmark Report includes an analysis of the data from 322 hospitals that participated in Practice Greenhealth’s 2016 Environmental Excellence Awards. The Benchmark Report is the only report that shows comprehensive data illustrating the progress of sustainability across the health care sector. The report analyzes data provided by health care facilities of various types and sizes located across the country. In addition to reporting out on metrics, the report shares sustainability trends and emerging areas of focus.

    New, tailored analysis on sustainability trends and emerging issues. 

     We are excited to share with you a new change to the Benchmark Report. Rather than provide a single report that touches on every topic, starting today, Practice Greenhealth will release shorter thematic reports regularly throughout the year. These tailored reports will offer deeper analysis on the sustainability trends and emerging issues that are most important to our members. The streamlined approach also makes it much easier to find and share relevant trends and data points with essential staff across facilities. It also gives us the opportunity to respond to feedback, to hear what trends and emerging issues are front and center for you, and to incorporate them into future reports.


    Pricing:

    Standard Price: $2,500
    Practice Greenhealth Member: Free
    Practice Greenhealth Subscriber: Free

  • Environmental Excellence Awards Question & Answer Session #2

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 02/14/2018

    This informal working session is an opportunity to bring your questions about the awards application process and hear other members’ questions. Call will last as long as there are viable questions from participants or 60 minutes.

    Session Description 

    Applying for an Environmental Excellence award in 2018? Come to this Question & Answer session to address your toughest questions or to listen to how others are tackling the application process. There is no set content for this call—the session will be determined by members’ questions.

    Learning Objectives

    This session will

    • Respond to members’ questions about the 2018 award applications
    • Highlight additional opportunities for Practice Greenhealth support and technical assistance during the 2018 Awards season
    *This is a member-only event.

    Cecilia DeLoach Lynn

    Practice Greenhealth sector performance and recognition director

    DeLoach Lynn manages the Sector Performance department at Practice Greenhealth where she oversees the development of an industry-wide set of performance metrics and tracking mechanisms to monitor the success of health care sustainability programs and manages Practice Greenhealth’s Environmental Excellence Awards program. DeLoach Lynn brings more than 20 years of experience working with hospitals and health care organizations to create customized sustainability programs and goals. She has an MBA with a focus in corporate social responsibility and health care administration and is a LEED-accredited professional.

    Contact Info:

    Christopher Bodkin

    Practice Greenhealth sector performance and recognition data coordinator

    Bodkin’s role at Practice Greenhealth is to help the health care sector become more sustainable through data collection, analysis, and reporting. He works on the Sector Performance team to create dynamic metrics and data parameters to maximize both accessibility of sustainability performance data and impact. Bodkin was named to GreenBiz’s 30 Under 30 list for 2018.

    Contact Info: