Preparing for climate emergencies

Recorded On: 10/30/2018

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.

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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.


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.

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Preparing for climate emergencies
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. Live event: 10/30/2018 at 1:00 PM (EDT) You must register to access.
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