CleanMed Connect 2021

CleanMed Connect 2021

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New generation of health professionals leading with passion
Generation Z health professionals will face the increasing health impacts of climate change, and they are not waiting until they are out of school to start making a difference. Medical, nursing, health administration, and pharmacy students are forming national coalitions, implementing climate solutions, calling for and creating climate and health curricula, and advocating for ambitious climate policy. These health professionals know they need to be prepared to care for patients and communities in a changing climate and are driving action toward a climate-smart health care system and a more sustainable and equitable future. Come learn from four students – a future physician, a future nurse, a future health care administrator, and a future pharmacist – about how they are changing the world. You must register to access.
Integrating sustainability in community health strategies
Hospitals are discovering the need and opportunity for connecting the dots between sustainability and community health strategies. While hospitals closely monitor their own environmental impacts, integrating environmental considerations and data into the community health needs assessment process is still an emerging practice. Working together, sustainability and community health leaders can use the community health needs assessment process, internal dashboards, and individual partnerships for alignment across their efforts and pursue strategies that address the environment as a social determinant of health. This session will share the successes as well as the challenges hospitals are facing in embedding environmental health and justice into their community and population health strategies. Speakers will share tools and practices as well as pose challenges for attendees, engaging them to help generate solutions to address barriers to making this the norm for health care. You must register to access.
Keynote: Live conversation with Flint physician activist
Hanna-Attisha’s 2015 press conference set in motion a historic movement of environmental justice and advocacy when she revealed her research findings that children's lead levels doubled after the city’s water source was switched from the Great Lakes to the Flint River. From her initial press conference to the retelling in her best-selling book, “What the Eyes Don’t See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City,” to the national and global stage, Hanna-Attisha has been a powerful advocate for children’s health and environmental justice. Drawing from her extensive insight and experience in the health care sector, Hanna-Attisha will discuss the prominent links among environment, social determinants of health, and racial justice. You must register to access.
Environmental health and equity: Providence's leadership story
Providence announced the most ambitious greenhouse gas reduction goal among U.S. health systems on Earth Day 2020, as they were managing the COVID-19 pandemic. Join us in a conversation with Providence environmental stewardship leaders as they share their journey as a large, faith-based health system making their mark in stewardship. The conversation will take us through their program at a high level and then focus in on some specific takeaways for those trying to address the challenge of decreasing the environmental impact of providing care while building health equity and community resilience. Topics will include leadership and governance structure, policies and commitments, innovative approaches to staff engagement, increasing collaboration across departments, and measuring progress. You must register to access.
Physician perspective on climate, health & future of surgery
Operating rooms have a significant climate footprint as surgery consumes vast amounts of energy and supplies and generates significant amounts of waste, including waste anesthetic gases. Until recently, the impacts of climate change have not been perceived as a direct threat to surgical patients and services. But as the climate crisis worsens, there is increasing concern about climate change and the future of surgery along with the recognition that surgical professionals have a critical role to play in advocating for climate solutions through research, education, and climate-smart surgery. Hear from three physician leaders how climate change is impacting the health of surgical patients, and discover opportunities for surgical professionals to advocate for climate solutions inside and outside of the OR. You must register to access.
A decision-making approach for value-driven care
The environmental impact of the U.S. health care system is responsible for the loss of over 400,000 disability-adjusted life years due to pollution-related disease. When incorporated into the traditional value equation (quality/cost), the social cost of carbon assists health systems in making more sustainable choices while improving the value of care delivered to patients. In a world that relies on algorithms, databases, and machine learning for decision-making, we must develop an objective process to systematically reduce the negative impacts of our health care choices on the global environment, and subsequently, patient health. This presentation will use volatile anesthetic gas choice to demonstrate how the social cost of carbon can optimize the health care value equation for both current and future costs. While this presentation will focus on volatile anesthetics as a model, it is designed to teach clinicians to use the social cost of carbon as a tool to defend sustainable choices with a quantitative and financial output that speaks to health care administrators. You must register to access.
Decarbonizing health care buildings
Reducing the onsite combustion of fossil fuels, a key to eliminating carbon emissions, will be critical for health systems as more cities and states set ambitious greenhouse gas reduction goals. Hear from leaders in the sector and learn advanced energy efficiency solutions and strategies to redesign and retrofit hospital buildings to reduce the need for fossil fuels. Mazzetti, a leading health care engineering firm, will discuss how relevant codes and standards are evolving to incorporate sustainable building design and share leading demonstration projects that are showing the promise of microgrids and new technologies. Gundersen Health System will present their approach to energy management, including the use of geothermal heat pumps to achieve onsite energy independence. You must register to access.
Self-care & community in times of crises
Health care can be a stressful environment with 24/7 operations, a changing landscape, not enough minutes in the day – and this stressful environment has been exacerbated by the events of 2020. The convergence of stressors has a big impact on individuals, families, colleagues, communities, and the sector as a whole. This session will tackle the complex intersection of anxiety, grief, acceptance, activism, and hope. Attendees will gain knowledge around eco-anxiety, climate grief, and stress disorders, along with strategies for coping. They will also have an opportunity to share their own best practices and strategies in addressing such complexities. You must register to access.
Renewable energy strategies with the power to heal
There are more pathways to a 100% renewable energy future than ever before. Renewable energy is not just cleaner electricity, it is the cheapest form of energy ever created by humankind and a powerful tool to address the health impacts of air pollution and mitigate the climate crisis. In this session, you will hear from three health systems about the different approaches they are taking to procure renewable energy, from solar panels on the roof to massive offshore wind farms and community solar gardens. You will learn about different ways to structure renewable energy deals that meet the business needs of health systems of different sizes in different parts of the country. You will leave this session understanding how your institution can begin to develop its own renewable energy path to drive positive change in the communities you serve. You must register to access.
Feature Conversation: Health care leadership in a new era
Dr. Jeff Thompson, author of Lead True and Gundersen Health System CEO emeritus, and Michellene Davis will have an intimate conversation about her experience as an executive leader exploring the intersection of sustainability, community investment, health and resilience, equity, and the ever-changing roles of health care leaders. You must register to access.
Embracing your community's plant-forward future
Plant proteins can improve our health and our soils, fight climate change, and ensure we can feed a growing population within environmental limits. The good news is plant-forward diets are increasingly popular among consumers and plant-based proteins landed at No. 2 on the National Restaurant Association’s 2020 “What’s Hot” top-ten list. In this session you will learn about the health and environmental benefits of plant-proteins and hear from hospitals across the country about how they are successfully implementing plant-forward menus through culinary and marketing strategies while supporting their region’s farmers. The session will conclude with an overview of Practice Greenhealth’s Plant-Forward Future resources that will help health care facilities set a plant-forward goal, menu and market plant-forward dishes, and track their progress. You must register to access.
Avoiding toxins during pandemic & beyond
The COVID-19 pandemic brought to light the incredible vulnerabilities that exist in health care purchasing, operations, and supply chains. Without the necessary systems and processes in place, reacting to crises in the moment can introduce unnecessary risks and harm to patients and staff. Some of the most significant examples involve the use of antimicrobials and disinfectants to combat COVID-19. Health systems that instituted safer chemicals programs prior to the pandemic were able to critically evaluate how to minimize the potential of spreading the disease without unnecessarily introducing other health risks from the use of harmful chemicals. Safer products can help reduce patient and employee exposure to hazardous substances, improve indoor air quality, and support community health. This session will reflect on COVID-19 lessons learned, and speakers will share their experiences over the last several years in purchasing furnishings and flooring that meets Health Care Without Harm’s product criteria. You must register to access.
Achieving savings & reliability with reusables
Given the vulnerabilities exposed throughout the past year with COVID-19, the health care sector needs to make their supply chains more resilient. Learn from the actions and initiatives of leading health care organizations to advance sustainability and resiliency. This session will share the rationale for using reusable isolation gowns and share two case examples and associated benefits. The lessons learned can be applied to broader procurement programs and other types of product categories, especially those related to reusable textiles. You must register to access.
Demonstrating impact with visual storytelling
Narratives expand our empathy and shape the way we think about the world. Stories can help us to envision how we are contributing to a changing planet, and the responsibility we have to improve our stewardship practices. Sustainability-related data is typically presented in a way that feels removed from our human experience. No matter how real data is — if we don't perceive it as having a direct, tangible impact on our own lives (and those of our friends and family), it will continue to be viewed as abstract and removed from our life experience. Creativity can help answer the call to connect seemingly abstract data to people's emotions. This presentation shares examples of how sustainability-specific data can be visualized — to help people see themselves within the data. We'll explore communications strategies for complex topics, like social determinants of health and climate change. We'll also examine how visual stories can bring clarity to challenging narratives. In this highly-visual presentation, many examples will show approaches to communicating with audiences and sustainable decision-making in health care. Attendees will also receive a copy of a newly released HCWH resource: Narrative Prescription: A Practical Storytelling Guide for Health Care Professionals Taking Climate Action to get straight to work in becoming an effective storyteller that drives action. You must register to access.
Aligning policy with environmental health & justice
The health care sector is at the center of addressing the climate and COVID-19 crises and the longstanding health inequities due to systemic racism. The Biden-Harris Administration is prioritizing these issues and states are pursuing ambitious policies to address environmental injustice. Hospitals have been investing in emergency preparedness, climate resilience, building and energy decarbonization, healthy food, and safer chemicals with the goal of affecting sector change. However, program implementation has been hampered by a lack of supportive policies. In this session, you will hear from a panel of leaders from across the health care sector – working in health systems, a medical association, state government, and the Biden-Harris Administration – and participate in breakout sessions to discuss policies that will help advance the transformation to a low-carbon, healthy, and equitable health care system and society. You must register to access.
Resilient health care design in face of COVID & climate change
Health care is on the frontlines of both the COVID-19 and climate crises, anchoring the response to the damage that we collectively face. As climate change increases the intensity, duration, and geographic reach of extreme weather events, development grows in high-risk regions, and communities struggle with weak infrastructure, it is critical for health care facilities to be prepared. In this session, you will hear how two health systems are using resilient design to ensure continuity of services and how those decisions support both the communities they serve and their own financial sustainability. NYU Langone will share how it’s USGBC LEED and PEER Platinum medical campus – that was designed to conserve energy and weather the next climate-driven hurricane – set itself up to quickly respond to the COVID-19 pandemic using smart mechanical system design, backup services, and robust building automation. Baptist Health Care and Gresham Smith will discuss their approach to building a new hospital and medical campus in Pensacola, Florida, an area at high-risk for climate-driven extreme weather events. You must register to access.
How Mayo & Cleveland clinics found procurement success & saved big
Health care systems have tremendous purchasing power, and sustainable procurement programs can be harnessed to achieve a multitude of goals for health care systems and facilities. Using case studies and examples from leaders in sustainable procurement, this session will walk through some of the key steps for advancing sustainable procurement, which can align with a number of common health care goals such as cost savings, increased efficiency, vendor diversity, community benefits, carbon reduction, waste minimization, building health, supply chain resiliency, and addressing social determinants of health. Participants will also be introduced to a number of opportunities for getting buy-in and scaling sustainable procurement programs, like the Impact Purchasing Commitment, and Practice Greenhealth resources, including the Sustainable Procurement Guide and Total Cost of Ownership Calculator. You must register to access.
Partnerships for building community health, wealth & resilience
Momentum is building around health care’s role in addressing social determinants of health by supporting the development of resilient communities. New models popping up across the country, like Anchors in Resilient Communities in Northern California, aim to establish partnerships among health care, small-scale local food producers, processors, and community-owned businesses – shortening the supply chain and ensuring reliable supply of food and other products. These partnerships help build community wealth in underserved communities of color by creating living-wage jobs and business opportunities. This is not just a shift in procurement here and there, but an intention to build equitable health care-community partnerships for long-term conversation about systems change. Health care systems have a critical role to play in shaping this new paradigm, and this session will highlight a few of the innovative strategies that are beginning to change the landscape. You must register to access.