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Climate & Health Converge: The Role of Healthcare Professionals in Mitigating the Effects of the Climate Crisis

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Hosted by Berry IOP Fellow Eugenia Gibbons

Join the Frederick E. Berry Institute of Politics and Earth Days at 11 am on Tuesday, April 11 for this event about healthcare and the climate crisis. Healthcare practitioners are on the frontlines of climate change as a public health crisis. They witness first-hand the effects that climate has on the health and well-being of patients and communities. In this session we will be joined by two leading professionals from Health Care Without Harm who work to cultivate climate leaders among nurses and doctors across the country. They will also discuss how to support hospitals in their efforts to become leading institutions and community anchors of equity, health, and resilience in the face of a changing climate. This event will be in-person in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Room on the second floor of the Ellison Campus Center.

Speakers include:

  • Dr. Amy Collins, Medical Director of Physician Engagement & Education at Health Care Without Harm

  • Shanda Demorest, Associate Director or Climate Engagement and Education at Health Care Without Harm

  • Moderated by Eugenia Gibbons, Berry IOP Fellow and Climate Policy Expert

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Dr. Amy Collins, Medical Director of Physician Engagement & Education at Health Care Without Harm

Dr. Amy Collins is an emergency physician in the Boston suburbs and a sustainable health care professional. She founded the sustainability committee at MetroWest Medical Center in 2007 and led the sustainability efforts there for seven years. Under her leadership, MetroWest Medical Center received numerous Environmental Excellence Awards from Practice Greenhealth, including the Environmental Leadership Circle Award, the most prestigious award offered. She also worked as a sustainable health care consultant for Vanguard Health Systems and implemented sustainability programs at Vanguard’s 26 hospitals nationwide. She now serves as the Medical Director for Physician Engagement and Education at Health Care Without Harm leading their Physician Network, with a goal to support physicians and medical students who are interested in promoting environmentally responsible, climate-smart health care and other climate solutions. She speaks internationally about the intersection between climate change, health and health care and the role of the health care sector in leading climate solutions.

 

Shanda Demorest, Associate Director or Climate Engagement and Education at Health Care Without Harm

Shanda Demorest, DNP, RN, PHN is the Associate Director for Climate Engagement and Education at Health Care Without Harm and Practice Greenhealth, where she supports decarbonization and climate-smart health care delivery throughout the sector. Dr. Demorest earned her Doctorate of Nursing Practice in Health Innovation and Leadership from the University of Minnesota, and she holds the LEED Green Associate credential through the U.S. Green Building Council. A cardiovascular nurse with horticultural training, Shanda is co-founder of the Nurses Climate Challenge: A national campaign to educate 50,000 health professionals about the health impacts of climate change. Dr. Demorest serves as an Affiliate Faculty member at the University of Minnesota School of Nursing.
 

When 12:00pm
Location
Ellison Campus Center, North Campus
1 Meier Drive, Salem, MA 01970
Martin Luther King, Jr. Room
Contact
Berry Institute of Politics

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