Weathering The Storm: The Role of Healthcare Systems in Promoting Resilience
November 12, 2021 | Dr. Amy Collins & Eugenia Gibbons
When discussing climate solutions in the health care systems, it is important to consider the role that hospitals can play in contributing to health equity and resilience. In this webinar, practicing emergency medicine physician, Dr. Amy Collins will discuss how hospitals contribute to the climate crisis, and why and how physicians should help to advocate for change. We will also hear from the Massachusetts Director of Climate Policy at Health Care Without Harm, Eugenia Gibbons, who will discuss the role of hospitals in community engagement, community assessment, and community sustainability.
Disaster Preparedness & Response: Reaching Those Left Behind (CME)
June 9, 2023 | Dr. Armen Henderson & Moriah Washington
Due to climate change and an increase in global surface temperatures, we will continue to see an increase in extreme weather events such as severe storms, hurricanes, droughts, and flooding. Dr. Armen Henderson, 2021 CHEF Fellow and Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Miami, will talk about the effects that disasters, such as extreme weather events, have on disadvantaged communities and his program to engage health professionals in responding. Moriah Washington, Director of Community Engagement at the New York City Emergency Management Agency, will report on how NYC is working to strengthen communities by implementing culturally specific solutions to emergency response which are made available to their residents.
Disaster Response: Reaching Those Left Behind
June 10, 2022 | Dr. Armen Henderson & Moriah Washington
In this webinar entitled Disaster Response: Reaching Those Left Behind, Dr. Armen Henderson, 2021 CHEF fellow and Assistant Professor of Medicine at University of Miami, will talk about the effects that disasters, such as extreme weather events, have on disadvantaged communities and his program to engage health professionals in responding, while Moriah Washington, Director of Community Engagement at New York City Emergency Management, will report on culturally specific solutions to emergency response the department makes available to their residents.
Community-Based Climate Adaptation and Resilience
October 8, 2021 | Dr. Mustafa Santiago Ali
Adapting to climate change is not a question for the distant future. Communities are facing the impacts of a changing climate today. Growing floodplains, wildfire seasons, extreme weather, and unfamiliar vector-borne diseases are just a handful of impacts that require concrete changes in the ways governments, institutions, and communities operate. The United States does not have a comprehensive National Adaptation Plan and only about half of all U.S. states have finalized an adaptation plan, in addition to a handful of cities and municipalities. While we have a long way to go in getting prepared, we also have the opportunity to make these plans the right way. What does equitable, community-focused adaptation planning look like? How can health professionals support these processes? Dr. Mustafa Santiago Ali will join us to explore these questions and the importance of hyper-local adaptation planning for vulnerable communities.
The Racial Trauma of Climate Change
August 13, 2021 | Dr. Annelle Primm
As many of you know, historical displacement, disenfranchisement, and exploitation have put many communities of color in the direct path of the climate crisis. Climate change magnifies the underlying stressors of racism and poverty — both of which have documented, acute physical and mental health impacts. This unique form of trauma is called racial trauma. When climate disaster strikes, the mental health consequences on top of racial trauma are often more severe. Dr. Annelle Primm addresses these aspects and more. Dr. Primm chairs All Healers Mental Health Alliance, a group of mental health professionals, faith leaders, first responders, and public health advocates, that facilitate culturally aligned responses to the mental health needs of marginalized communities that have been affected by natural and human-caused disasters. Dr. Primm was formerly Director of the Johns Hopkins Hospital Community Psychiatry Program, followed by leadership roles at the American Psychiatric Association.
Protecting Public Health: Urban and Rural Heat Resilience Strategies
May 14, 2021 | Dr. Cheryl Holder & Jeannie Economos
As you may know, heat is the leading weather-related killer, causing more deaths to people in cities at the middle latitudes, such as St. Louis, Chicago, and Philadelphia. As global warming continues, the threat to outdoor workers in the South and those without air conditioning is increasing. Our first presenter is Dr. Cheryl Holder. Dr. Holder is a Board certified Internal Medicine physician and faculty member at Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine. Our second presenter is Jeannie Economos. Jeannie is the project coordinator of Pesticide Safety and Environmental Health for the Farmworker Association of Florida.