Climate Change: What Role for Clinical Medicine?

In the anticipation of how climate change will affect humans and ecosystems in the future, Dr. Daniel Schrag will discuss a path forward.

Blum Center Program: Climate Change and Health Series

Barbara Belanger, DNP, RN, CNOR, gives an overview of the impacts of waste on our climate-changing environment and health.

Studies of Health Effects of the External Exposome in the Nurses' Health Studies

Dr. Jamie Hart discusses research in the longstanding Nurses' Health Studies, with an emphasis on the decades of work studying the environment as a risk factor for chronic disease.

Video: Reusable vs. Disposable Devices: Infection Control or Planetary Health?

Reusable vs. Disposable Devices: Infection Control or Planetary Health?

Dr. Jodi Sherman explores misguided notions about single-use disposable medical devices, which have resulted in increased health care expenditures, waste, pollution, and associated health damages.

Climate Change and Disasters: What the Healthcare System Needs to Do Differently

Climate Change and Disasters: What the Healthcare System Needs to Do Differently

Dr. Paul Biddinger discusses how the healthcare system needs to change how it identifies climate-related threats and prepares to preserve its ability to function in the face of future disasters.

Improving Value and Reducing the Environmental Footprint of Healthcare Delivery

Improving Value and Reducing the Environmental Footprint of Healthcare Delivery

Dr. Cassandra Thiel talks about the emerging field of “clinical sustainability” and what it means for healthcare to achieve zero greenhouse gas emissions.

Traffic-related Air Pollution, Effects of Nuclear Weapons and Clinician Advocacy Video

Traffic-related Air Pollution, Effects of Nuclear Weapons and Clinician Advocacy

Drs. Carlos A. Camargo and Joseph Hodgkin cover insights into traffic-related air pollution and childhood health, as well as the medical and humanitarian effects of nuclear weapons.

Connections between Seaweed Farming, Environmental and Public Health Video

Connections between Seaweed Farming, Environmental and Public Health

Hear about how seaweeds may hold the key to building a sustainable future for healthy humans and ecosystems under threat by climate change.

Climate Change & Health 2022: A Roadmap for Grassroots Advocacy

Climate Change & Health 2022: A Roadmap for Grassroots Advocacy

A virtual symposium featuring Bill McKibben and Congresswomen Ayanna Pressley and Lauren Underwood.

Video: Clinical Leaders as Drivers of Sustainability

Clinical Leaders as Drivers of Sustainability

This session, presented with Health Care Without Harm and GCCHE, explores the climate impact of clinical care and why clinician leadership and research are critical in reducing health care emissions.

Video: Waste Reduction, Recycling and Circular Economy Opportunities

Waste Reduction, Recycling and Circular Economy Opportunities

Panelists from Healthcare Plastics Recycling Council, Practice Greenhealth, Cleveland Clinic and MGH speak on opportunities for plastics circularity and hospital programs focused on waste reduction.

Video: Inpatient Medicine Waste Audit and the Plastic Pandemic

Inpatient Medicine Waste Audit and the Plastic Pandemic

An interdisciplinary team at Mass General shares findings of a 24-hour waste audit of an inpatient medicine unit, and discusses implications and opportunities for waste diversion and elimination.

Video: Planetary Health: Protecting Global Health on a Rapidly Changing Planet

Planetary Health: Protecting Global Health on a Rapidly Changing Planet

In this webinar, Samuel Myers, MD, MPH, spoke about the field and framework of planetary health, exploring how rapid degradation of Earth’s natural systems is impacting human health.

Video: Mitigating Anesthesia’s Impact on the Environment

Mitigating Anesthesia’s Impact on the Environment

This webinar provided a presentation of factors within the practice of anesthesia that impact the environment and the sustainability priorities that can be employed to mitigate them.

Video: The Environment, Climate and Health

The Environment, Climate and Health

Speakers discussed two topics: the science behind trees and the role they play in climate change as well as public health and environmental justice in Massachusetts communities.

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