Mission, Vision, and Values
The MGH Institute of Health Professions Center for Climate Change, Climate Justice, and Health engages in education, scholarship, clinical practice, community engagement, and policy/advocacy efforts to lead nurses and other health professionals in addressing the health consequences of climate change. We integrate the concepts of climate justice; social determinants of health; and the intersections among climate change, climate justice, and systemic racism and their impact on health in all aspects of our work in education, clinical practice, scholarship/research, and policy/advocacy.
A world where nurses and other health professionals lead in efforts to reduce climate change-related health consequences locally, nationally, and globally for people—particularly those most vulnerable—and ecosystems.
Commitment to Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
The MGH Institute of Health Professions Center for Climate Change, Climate Justice, and Health is committed to the principles of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion. Consistent with the Institute’s overarching vision, mission, values, and commitment to these inclusive principles, the Center engages in a commitment to address the intersection of the social determinants of health in our climate-changing world. Moreover, we acknowledge systemic racism as a social determinant of health and actively seek to understand how racism is embedded in our institutions of health, education, and housing. We acknowledge that racism disproportionately impacts certain communities in their experience of health and well-being generally, and climate-related health specifically. We stand with underrepresented groups and vulnerable populations who experience deleterious health consequences of climate change, and commit to addressing these injustices. We also recognize that those who are disproportionately affected by health consequences of climate change are those who least contribute to greenhouse gas emissions.
At MGH Institute of Health Professions School of Nursing, our climate change efforts are guided and informed by our beliefs about and commitments to the health of global communities, an emphasis on climate change and health, and a commitment to climate justice. These values are:
We are committed to embracing the concept of climate justice in engaging nurses in climate change initiatives. Those who contribute the least to climate change are the most vulnerable to its impact.
Health of Individuals, Families, Communities, and Populations
Climate change is a threat to the health of individuals, families, communities, and populations worldwide. The nursing profession’s efforts related to climate change will address mitigation, adaptation, and resilience in education, practice, and service related to the health effects of climate change.
We are committed to enabling health care professionals to advocate on behalf of the world’s people in addressing the health consequences of climate change.
Safe Drinking Water and Sufficient Healthful Food for All
We are committed to engaging in efforts to address access to safe drinking water and sufficient healthful food for all, and the negative effects of climate change in reducing availability of safe water and healthful food.
Safe, Clean Environments That Support All Ecosystems
We are committed to addressing the need for safe, clean environments that support all ecosystems to address planetary health as a key element of the health of the world’s people.