Upcoming Webinars

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.