Carlos A. Camargo, MD, DrPH
Professor of Emergency Medicine, MGH/HMS
Joseph Hodgkin, M.D.
Assistant in Medicine, Hospital Medicine Unit, Massachusetts General Hospital
Instructor at Harvard Medical School
Board Member at Greater Boston Physicians for Social Responsibility
At the webinar, we will talk about:
1. Traffic-related air pollution and childhood health Traffic-related air pollution (TRAP) has important adverse effects on childhood health. Prof Camargo will review recent studies on TRAP and asthma/allergy, including new findings from his ongoing multicenter US-based cohorts. He’ll outline his plans for mechanistic research on the topic and briefly summarize compelling scientific evidence to support policy changes to decrease the adverse health effects of TRAP.
2. The Worst-Case Scenario: Medical and humanitarian effects of nuclear weapons and avenues for clinician advocacy. The invasion of Ukraine has led to devastating humanitarian consequences and has turned public attention back to the threat of nuclear weapons. What would be the effects of the use of these weapons? While most people would prefer to avoid even thinking about this question, a large body of research has been built over the past 77 years in answer. The climate effects of a nuclear exchange are of particular importance to nuclear policy. We will review this evidence as well as the actions clinicians and their allies have taken to change the course of nuclear weapons policy and reduce the risk of nuclear war.
Sustainability in Medicine: Improving Value and Reducing the Environmental Footprint of Healthcare Delivery - Wednesday, June 15, 2022
Cassandra Thiel, PhD
Grossman School of Medicine
Wagner School of Public Service
Tandon School of Engineering
The Biden Administration recently announced a commitment to reduce the US’s carbon emissions 50-52% by 2030. Such a reduction will require action from all parts of the US economy, and healthcare is no exception. Healthcare is responsible for nearly 10% of the US’s greenhouse gas footprint, and there’s a surprising number of things medical practitioners and administrators can do to reduce that footprint while maintaining quality care. Utilizing sustainability engineering and industrial ecology, Dr. Thiel (NYU Langone Health & NYU Tandon) and her clinical partners are able to quantify the emissions from medical procedures and design safe approaches toward more efficient medical practice. This talk will provide an overview of the emerging field of “clinical sustainability” and what it means for healthcare to achieve zero greenhouse gas emissions.
Climate Change and Disasters: What the Healthcare System Needs to Do Differently - Wednesday, July 20, 2022
Paul D. Biddinger, MD, FACEP
Chief Preparedness and Continuity Officer at Mass General Brigham in Boston
Ann L. Prestipino MPH Endowed Chair in Emergency Preparedness
Director of the Center for Disaster Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH).
Director of the Emergency Preparedness Research, Evaluation and Practice (EPREP) Program at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health
Medical officer for the MA-1 Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT) in the National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) in the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
Climate change is heightening both long-term adverse risks to human health and the immediate-term risk of injuries and illness following climate-related disaster events that are becoming more frequent and severe. In addition to its direct health effects, climate change poses new threats to the nation’s health care infrastructure – with potential to negatively impact healthcare capacity amidst increasing demand – through risks of flooding, wind damage, heat stress, power outages, and other physical harm to facilities. In this grand rounds, we will discuss how the healthcare system needs to change how it identifies climate-related threats and better prepares to preserve its ability to function in the face of future disasters.