The Climate Crisis and Clinical Practice Symposium

02/13/2020 | Boston, MA

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February 13, 2020

1:00 – 5:00 PM EST
Reception to follow
Joseph B. Martin Conference Center
77 Avenue Louis Pasteur, Boston, MA

#ClimateChangesHealth    #ClimateRX2020    #ClimateIsHealth


Activity Description

Be part of the first symposium to bring together the leading health institutions around Greater Boston to tackle the effects of the climate crisis on clinical practice.

Through this afternoon discussion:

  • Learn how the climate crisis is altering clinical practice across specialties.
  • Hear from clinicians and hospital leaders across the Boston medical community.
  • Delve into strategies for addressing the effects of climate change on patients’ health.

Together we can develop bold, effective strategies to protect our patients, improve our delivery of care, and ensure the resiliency of our health care systems.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the connections between greenhouse gas emissions and health outcomes
  • Apply their understanding of climate effects on health to understand opportunities to improve resilience in clinical practice
  • Recognize the unique responsibility of clinicians to communicate about the health impacts of climate change

Target Audience

This activity is intended for the health care community: clinicians, clinical leaders, hospital leaders, health professional students, lay public engaged in climate crisis advocacy, media


Partners HealthCare System is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Partners HealthCare System designates this live activity for a maximum of 3.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Course Directors

Aaron Bernstein, MD, MPH
Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Harvard Global Health Institute, Boston Children’s Hospital

Renee N. Salas, MD, MPH, MS
Harvard Global Health Institute, Harvard Chan C-CHANGE, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School 

Caren Solomon, MD, MPH
The New England Journal of Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Program Agenda

12:30 PM| Registration & Coffee

1:00 PM| Welcome Remarks
Eric Rubin, MD, PhD, Editor-in-Chief, The New England Journal of Medicine
David Golan, MD, PhD, Dean for Research Operations and Global Programs, Harvard Medical School

1:15 PM| Opening Keynote
Renee N. Salas, MD, MPH, MS, Harvard Global Health Institute, Harvard Chan C-CHANGE, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School

1:40 PM| Clinical Practice Implications and Solutions
Moderator: Ashish K. JhaMD, MPH, Faculty Director of the Harvard Global Health Institute

Gaurab Basu, MD, MPH, Primary Care, Cambridge Health Alliance
Gary Belkin, MD, PhD, MPH, Psychiatry, Visiting Scientist for Harvard Chan C-CHANGE
Regina LaRocque, MD, MPH, Infectious Disease, Massachusetts General Hospital
Lucy Marcil,MD, MPH, Pediatrics, Boston Medical Center
Mary Rice, MD, MPH, Pulmonary, Beth-Israel Deaconess Medical Center

3:10 PM – Coffee & Networking Break

3:30 PM| Opportunities for Improving Practice in the Era of the Climate Crisis
Moderator: Gina McCarthy, Board of Advisors, Harvard Chan C-CHANGE

Nicholas S. Hill, MD, Chief, Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Division, Tufts University School of Medicine
Bernard Jones, EdM, Vice President, Public Policy, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Patrice NicholasDNSc, DHL, MPH, RN, NP-C, FAANDirector, Center for Climate Change, Climate Justice, and Health at MGH Institute of Health Professions
Kathleen E. Walsh, MPH, President & CEO, Boston Medical Center

 4:30 PM| The Power of Action by Health Professionals
Caren Solomon, MD, MPH, The New England Journal of Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

4:45 PM| Closing Keynote: Where do we go from here?
Aaron Bernstein, MD, MPH, Harvard Chan C-CHANGE, Harvard Global Health Institute, Boston Children’s Hospital

5:00 PM – Adjournment of Educational Activity

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM| Reception & Networking

Provided by

The New England Journal of Medicine
Harvard Global Health Institute
Harvard Chan C-CHANGE
Harvard Medical School
Partners Healthcare


Boston Children’s Hospital
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Cambridge Health Alliance
Massachusetts General Hospital
Tufts Medical Center
UMassMemorial Health Care


Beth Israel Lahey Health, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Boston Medical Center
Massachusetts Medical Society