Upcoming Webinars

  • Physician climate leadership

    Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live Event on 09/20/2018 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

    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.

    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. 

  • 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.

    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.

  • 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.

    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.