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2024 Annual Meeting: From the Clinic to the Capitol

In this pivotal year for climate action, sessions will focus on moving participants beyond education into concrete action at every level — from the clinic to the capitol.

AGENDA: All times are ET

Sunday, February 11th 

8:00 – 9:00 AM Registration and Breakfast
9:00 – 9:30 AM Welcome and Introduction to the Meeting
9:30 – 10:00 AM Forging Climate Solutions to Accelerate Action Across America
  Mustafa Santiago Ali, Executive Vice President of Conservation & Justice, National Wildlife Federation
10:00 – 10:45 AM Our Health vs. Big Oil: Historical Context and Opportunities for Action
10:45 – 11:00 AM Break
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Why Don’t We Talk About Fossil Fuels Like We Talk About Tobacco? (We Should)
12:00 – 1:00 PM Lunch
1:00 – 2:30 PM Preparing Vulnerable Populations for 2024 Heat Waves: A Speciality-Based Approach
3:15 – 3:45 PM Coffee Break
3:45 – 4:45 PM Working in Coalition to Pass Clean Energy Policy: Lessons From the Frontlines
4:45 – 5:00 PM Break
5:00 – 6:00 PM Climate and Health Equity Fellows Presentations: Projects to Improve Health and Promote Equity
6:00 – 7:30 PM Reception
Julia Olson, Executive Director and Chief Legal Counsel, Our Children’s Trust


Concurrent Workshops
In-Person Only
5:00 – 6:00 PM 1. Developing Speciality-Specific Patient Guidance for Heat: A Peer Review Workshop
Participants will provide feedback and help improve patient-facing materials on heat developed by Harvard C-CHANGE and Americares.2. Effective Engagement With Frontline Communities
Community-centered solutions are essential to equitable climate action. In this workshop, you will learn the importance of authentic listening, building trust, and centering community voices in advocacy.

3. Communicating With Patients on Climate Change With an Equity Lens 
With worsening climate stressors and disasters, integrating climate change is essential to protect populations. This workshop will cover how to integrate climate change into social determinants of health counseling/screening.

4. Messaging to Win on Climate and Health: Taking on the Fossil Fuel Industry
Research shows naming fossil fuels is effective for engagement and activation. Learn and practice how to use this messaging with decision-makers, with the public, and in communications broadly.

Monday, February 12th

7:00 AM Breakfast
7:45 – 8:30 AM Welcome/Orientation
8:30 – 9:30 AM State-Level Climate Policy: How We Win and Why We Lose
9:30 – 10:30 AM State-Level Organizing on Climate-Smart Health Care
10:30 – 11 AM Break
11:00 – 11:30 AM Indigenous Health and Climate Change
11:30 AM – 12:00 PM Youth Mental Health and Climate Change
12:00 – 1:00 PM Lunch
1:00 – 2:00 PM Research Hot Topics From the Journal on Climate and Health
2:00 – 2:45 PM Healthy Air Partners: A Year in Review
2:45 – 3:15 PM Break
3:15 – 4:15 PM The Importance of Get Out the Vote in 2024
4:15 – 5:00 PM Preparing to Speak to Your Lawmaker (in-person only)
This is a required session for those doing legislative visits on February 13th.
5:00 – 5:45 PM Soapbox Presentation: Logistics of Meetings on Capitol Hill (in-person only)
This is a required session for those doing legislative visits on February 13th.

Concurrent Workshops
In-Person Only
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM 1. Advocating Within Your Clinic or Hospital for Climate-Smart Health Care
Learn to use the new toolkit designed by MSCCH and NAHCH on how to convince your administrator to make investments in climate resilience.2. Organizing for Change on Climate-Smart Health Care: Lessons From Community Organizing

3. Op-Ed Hackathon
Bring an idea or a partially or fully written op-ed, and join this session with Burness Communications to take your op-ed to a new level.

Virtual (will be streamed for in-person participants not attending the visits to Congress)
4:15 – 5:00 PM Self-Care for Climate Activists
5:00 – 5:45 PM Disability in a Time of Climate Disaster

Tuesday, February 13th | In-Person Only

9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Visits to Congress