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  • Pharmaceutical waste: The latest from DEA and EPA

    Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live Event on 03/26/2019 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

    Join us for the latest updates on the EPA’s hazardous waste pharmaceutical regulations and a review of Practice Greenhealth’s new guidance document for proper and legal return or disposal of controlled substances.

    Practice Greenhealth worked with experts and stakeholders to create a brief guidance document and decision tree to help lead health care organizations through the proper and legal return or disposal of controlled substances. Join us to review the document and examine the impact of the recently released EPA hazardous waste pharmaceutical regulations on future management of controlled substance returns and wastage. Bring questions for expert guidance on managing this challenging waste stream while maintaining a safe and secure environment for staff, patients, and visitors.

    Webinar participants will:

    • Review the steps of Practice Greenhealth’s guidance to help health care facilities and providers through the legal management of controlled substances that are no longer needed.
    • Understand the change in DEA and EPA regulatory status of a controlled substance that is in inventory versus dispensed.
    • Learn about the EPA’s new hazardous waste pharmaceuticals rule and how and when it will impact controlled substance wastage and returns.

    Charlotte A. Smith, RPh

    Senior Regulatory Advisor, PharmEcology Services, WM Sustainability Services

    Smith founded PharmEcology Associates, LLC, in 2000 and sold the company to Waste Management in 2009, where she now works as senior regulatory advisor. She co-founded Capital Returns, Inc., a nationally known pharmaceutical reverse distributor in 1991 and for 10 years served as president and chief regulatory advisor.  Smith is a registered pharmacist and a member of the Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin and the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.

  • Earth Day celebration planning

    Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live Event on 02/27/2019 at 1:00 PM (EST)

    Join Practice Greenhealth members from UW Health, University of Washington Health Center, and others for ideas to enhance your Earth Day program.

    Join Practice Greenhealth members from UW Health and University of Washington Health Center for a discussion of successful Earth Day events and projects at hospitals and health systems. Learn what your organization can do to engage your staff and community in environmental stewardship for this year’s celebration on April 22.

    We’ll identify fresh ideas to celebrate Earth Day in health care settings, and you’ll be able to share your plans for engaging staff and community members.

    Mary Evers Statz

    UW Health energy management and sustainability program director

    Mary Evers Statz leads the energy management and sustainability efforts throughout the UW Health system, which includes seven hospitals and over 80 clinics in south-central Wisconsin and northern Illinois and serves more than 600,000 patients each year. She is responsible for the corporate vision and strategy to make UW Health more environmentally friendly. Evers Statz drives strategies to create more efficient processes, measures and tracks overall energy and waste data, works to implement energy sourcing and saving measures, and enables a more environmentally sustainable operation by working with stakeholders across UW Health’s 1,500 physicians and 16,500 staff. She has more than 25 years design, construction, and facility management experience with extensive experience in medical and research buildings.

    Paul W. Kelley, CBET

    Washington Hospital director of biomedical engineering, the Green Initiative, and asset redeployment

    Paul W. Kelley, CBET, has led the green team at Washington Hospital in Fremont, Calif., since their first meeting on 08/08/08 at 08:08 a.m. He also serves on the City of Fremont Environmental Sustainability Commission and the Joint Commission Patient Safety Advisory Group. Kelley is a member of the AAMI Sustainability Standards Committee where they are developing documents outlining important considerations in the area of medical devices and environmental sustainability.

    Tom J. Thompson

    UW Health sustainability specialist

    Tom J. Thompson brings more than a decade of health care sustainability experience to his new role at UW Health in Madison, Wis. Thompson previously lead sustainability initiatives at Gundersen Health System for 10 years .He has extensive experience working with regional sustainable foods, recycling, medical waste reduction, staff engagement, and community service/leadership. He enjoys working with many diverse cultures and incorporates those experiences and knowledge in his everyday life and work.

  • Going plant-centered for patients and planet

    Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live Event on 02/26/2019 at 12:00 PM (EST)

    Join the growing number of hospitals and health systems reducing their food-climate footprint through changes in their menus and the Cool Food Pledge.

    Food production is a significant contributor to climate change, accounting for nearly a quarter of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Animal-based foods account for two-thirds of agricultural GHG emissions and more than three-quarters of agricultural land use, while plant-based foods have much lower environmental impacts. As people strive to make more healthy and sustainable food choices, they are becoming increasingly interested in plant-centered foods. Health care facilities can meet this demand and elevate their climate change strategies by reducing animal-based foods and increasing plant-centered options. This webinar will introduce the Cool Food Pledge, a new platform to help hospitals, universities, businesses, and cities offer diners more of what they want while slashing food-related greenhouse gas emissions. Learn how to participate in the Cool Food Pledge and how committing can benefit a facility’s triple bottom line.

    Gain insight on how:

    • Menu and food procurement choices affect the climate

    • Hospitals can achieve climate and health goals using the Cool Food Pledge

    • Plant-centered menus respond to consumer trends

    • Hospitals can participate in the Cool Food Pledge

    John Stoddard

    Health Care Without Harm New England regional coordinator

    John Stoddard, MS. is a New England Regional Coordinator for Health Care Without Harm’s Healthy Food in Health Care program. He works throughout New England on facilitating local and sustainable food procurement for health care institutions, with a specific focus on Connecticut and Massachusetts. In his role as Regional Coordinator, John works closely with Boston Medical Center, advising them on ways to increase their use of local and sustainable foods.

    John began his career in the waste reduction field, working with institutions and municipalities to decrease their landfill bound waste.  He is also a founder of Higher Ground Farm, Boston’s first rooftop farm located in the Seaport District of Boston. Higher Ground has been growing for 5 years, and sells fresh produce to restaurants and through a weekly farm stand. Higher Ground is managing the operations for BMC’s rooftop farm. John earned his Master of Science from Tufts University’s Friedman School of Nutrition specializing in the Agriculture, Food, and Environment program.

    Richard Waite

    World Resources Institute food program associate

    Richard Waite is an Associate in the Food Program of the World Resources Institute (WRI). He is an author of the World Resources Report: Creating a Sustainable Food Future, and works on two consumption-focused initiatives (Cool Food Pledge and Better Buying Lab) that bring together food providers, marketing and behavior change experts, and civil society partners to enable consumers to buy and eat more climate-friendly foods. Rich holds an M.A. in International Development Studies, with concentrations in Environment and Food Security, from The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs.

    Dan Henroid

    University of California San Francisco Medical Center department of nutrition and food services director

    Dan Henroid is University of California San Francisco Medical Center department of nutrition and food services director and serves as sustainability officer. His operational responsibilities include all patient dining, retail food services, catering and conference services, culinary services, inpatient and outpatient nutrition services, and retail services.

  • Track emissions to protect health, save money

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 01/29/2019

    Learn how to set an emissions goal and make progress with the new Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Reduction Toolkit, and hear from Practice Greenhealth member health systems Cleveland Clinic and Rochester Regional Health about their experiences.

    Session description

    Our communities once again experienced the health impacts of climate change in 2018, including increases in heat-related illness, asthma and respiratory illness, as well as injuries and premature deaths from extreme weather events such as wildfires and hurricanes. Practice Greenhealth knows climate is a pressing issue for you as leaders in health care sustainability. 

    Learn how to take action on this issue with the newly released Practice Greenhealth Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Reduction Toolkit, and hear lessons learned from Practice Greenhealth members Cleveland Clinic and Rochester Regional Health. We’ll cover how to create a GHG inventory and baseline using the spreadsheet tracking tool and the awards application, recommendations for how to engage leadership, and how to make progress on a reduction goal.

    Join us to start 2019 with the tools necessary to take action on climate at your hospital or health system.

    Learning Objectives

    • Walk through how to use the new Practice Greenhealth GHG Reduction Toolkit.
    • Learn how to pitch a GHG goal to leadership.
    • Discover ways to make progress on the goal with energy efficiency and renewable energy strategies.

    Pricing

    Practice Greenhealth Member: Free 

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

    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.

    Jon Utech

    Cleveland Clinic Office for a Healthy Environment senior director

    Jon E. Utech develops sustainability strategies to emphasize connection of environmental stewardship to Cleveland Clinic’s health care mission. He directs the Clinic's sustainability program covering energy demand reduction, recycling, LEED, climate resilience, green supply chain, water reduction, engagement and reporting. Utech has more than 18 years of corporate strategy and planning experience and 10 years of corporate sustainability program and renewable energy experience prior to joining Cleveland Clinic in 2013.

    Dr. Michael Waller

    Rochester Regional Health sustainability director and special assistant to the CEO

    Dr. Michael Waller has worked at Rochester Regional Health since January 2016 and comes with a background in mechanical engineering with a specific focus on renewable energy. He earned his PhD in sustainability from Rochester Institute of Technology, where he focused on developing hydrogen fuel cell systems for unmanned aerial vehicles. Prior to his PhD research, Waller was working in the field at a long-term testing facility for solar energy products while also studying for his master’s degree in solar energy engineering.

  • What’s new for Environmental Excellence Awards in 2019

    Contains 2 Component(s)

    Find out how your hospital can prepare to successfully participate in the 2019 Environmental Excellence Award season.

    Session description

    Practice Greenhealth’s Environmental Excellence Awards are the premier source of recognition for environmental achievement in health care. Each year, the organization solicits feedback from its members and internal team in an effort to continuously strengthen the applications while improving the member experience. This webinar will provide a category-specific look at changes to the 2019 application and will also highlight enhancements to the application interface. Join us to learn how Practice Greenhealth can support your hospital in gaining recognition for your sustainability work over the past year.

    Learning objectives

    • Review how to access your awards dashboard and start a new application.
    • Step through page-by-page changes to the Partner for Change award application.
    • Learn about improvements to the awards experience.

    Pricing

    Practice Greenhealth Member: Free 


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

    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:

  • Introduction to Environmental Excellence Awards

    Contains 2 Component(s)

    Shine a light on your sustainability achievements while gathering data to support benchmarking, goal-setting, and impact assessment.

    Session description

    The Environmental Excellence Awards program can assist hospitals in developing a comprehensive sustainability baseline while gaining recognition for environmental achievements on a national stage. Learn how participation in this Practice Greenhealth program can support and assess your organization’s sustainability journey. The application process identifies key metrics to measure sustainability performance and help delineate the environmental, financial, and health impacts of your initiatives. Join us to hear how the awards program can benefit your hospital.

    Learning objectives

    • Discover the benefits of participating in the Environmental Excellence Awards for the first time.
    • Familiarize yourself with the application interface and the information and data required to apply for an award.
    • Learn about the different award levels and the scoring framework.

    Pricing

    Practice Greenhealth Member: Free 


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

    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:

  • Delivering climate-smart health care

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 11/14/2018

    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.

  • Preparing for climate emergencies

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 10/30/2018

    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 final webinar 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 practicing cardiovascular nurse at Abbott-Northwestern Hospital and an executive board member of the University of Minnesota School of Nursing Alumni Society and a member of Health Professionals for a Healthy Climate. Her current efforts involve educating health students and professionals on the health impacts of climate change and motivating them to take action, as well as working toward a more environmentally sustainable health care industry. Demorest has a doctoral degree in health innovation and leadership.

    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.