To protect the health of our patients from climate impacts and deliver healthcare sustainably
- Provide education to medical students, residents and providers on geographically specific climate-health impacts
- Counsel patients on protecting themselves from health impacts of climate change
- Implement projects that reduce the carbon footprint of the healthcare system while providing safe and effective care to patients
- Develop community partnerships to develop implementation research projects
- Advocate for clean climate policies that yield immediate and sustained health benefits to our patients while preserving planetary health
Laalitha Surapaneni, Co-Chair
Brian Hilliard, Co-Chair
Carol Kampa & Mena Vue, Division of Internal Medicine Internal Sustainability Coordinator
Lindsey Otte, Building Efficiency
- Safety and sustainability impacts of isolation gown use in inpatient settings
Synopsis: This project aims to elicit the safety and efficacy of isolation gowns in the inpatient setting while simultaneously addressing the cost-benefit analysis of using single-use isolation gowns.
- Reducing paper use at Clinics and Surgical Center
Synopsis: Appointments are routinely confirmed by paper mail. This project aims to reduce paper use by promoting electronic media for communication.
Updates in Climate and Health Research
- Fourth National Climate Assessment Volume II
“The Fourth National Climate Assessment (NCA4), completed in November 2018, is a comprehensive and authoritative report on climate change and its impacts in the United States.” It is authored by the “U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) which comprises of 13 Federal agencies that conduct or use research on global change and its impacts on society”.
- Lancet Countdown on health and climate change
“Established to provide an independent, global monitoring system dedicated to tracking the health dimensions of the impacts of, and the response to, climate change. The Lancet Countdown tracks 41 indicators across five domains: climate change impacts, exposures, and vulnerability; adaptation, planning, and resilience for health; mitigation actions and health co-benefits; finance and economics; and public and political engagement.”
- 2018 Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change Brief for the United States of America
“This Brief focuses on connections between climate change and health in the United States (U.S.) in 2017. It draws out some of the most nationally-relevant findings of the global 2018 Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change report with U.S.-specific data to highlight the key threats and opportunities climate change poses for the health of Americans.”