IHP, MGH Will Co-Sponsor Webinar Series Focused on Climate Change

April 19, 2021
Center for Climate Change, Climate Justice, and Health

A monthly health webinar series by the Center for Climate Change, Climate Justice, and Health at MGH Institute of Health Professions has a new partner in the Center for the Environment and Health at Massachusetts General Hospital. 
“Both centers have a common focus on the importance of the environment in health, sustainability efforts, and the growing body of knowledge regarding the health consequences emerging in our climate-changing world,” said Patrice Nicholas, DNSc, DHL (Hon.), MPH, RN, NP-C, FAAN, director of the MGH Institute’s climate center. “We are thrilled that Mass General will be partnering with us to publicize this increasingly dire situation.” 

Webinar topics have included “Climate and Health Curriculum Development in Medical and Nursing Education,” “Integrating Climate Change in Clinical Practice,” “Roles of Health Professionals in Interprofessional Education and Practice to Address Climate and Health,” and “Sustainability Efforts to Address Climate Change.” Speakers have included health professionals from Mass General, the MGH Institute, and from other regional health organizations. The next webinar, “Mental Health Impacts of Climate Change,” will be held May 27. 
The MGH Center for the Environment and Health, where Nicholas is co-director of advocacy, education and community outreach, was created to integrate sustainability into the hospital’s clinical, research, and educational activities, and to improve the environmental health of the hospital, as well as the health and well-being of the communities it serves. 
“The new MGH Center for the Environment and Health and the MGH Institute of Health Professions Center for Climate Change, Climate Justice, and Health have a shared mission to educate health professionals and the public about the impacts that climate change and environmental degradation are having on human health right now,” said Regina LaRocque, MD, MPH, a physician-researcher in the MGH Infectious Diseases Division and one of the MGH Center’s associate directors. “We are excited to work together on this important series of educational events.” 
On April 24, the MGH Institute is hosting its annual symposium. Climate Change and Health 2021: The Intersection of Climate Change, COVID-19, and Structural Racism is a day-long virtual event during which expert panelists will discuss topics including the policy and advocacy implications for public health related to existing and emerging health challenges related to climate change, COVID-19, and racial inequity, and examine the roles for health professionals and the public for engaging in climate and climate justice issues. Speakers include U.S. Senator Edward J. Markey (D-MA), Mass General emergency medicine physician Renee Salas, MD, and NBC 10 Boston meteorologist Pete Bouchard. Registration remains open to attend