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Pan American Climate Resilient Health Systems ; A Special Focus on Health Facilities: Assessing Risks and Opportunities for Adaptation and Resilience Building


Sofia Molina

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Health systems, including hospitals, are on the frontlines of climate change, bearing the costs of increasing disease burdens and more frequent extreme weather events while simultaneously inadvertently contributing to negative environmental and climate-related impacts.

The goal of this course is to equip federal, regional and local health systems planners, hospital administrators, long-term care/community care professionals, emergency planners, sustainability officers, public health officials, health practitioners, and others with the knowledge and tools needed to prepare for climate change. This includes how to apply best practices to assess health system vulnerabilities and adaptation options, measure and monitor the climate resilience and environmental sustainability of health systems, and undertake health system greening, all while integrating health equity and undertaking broad stakeholder engagement.

The course will consist of bi-weekly (Tuesday and Thursday) live-virtual 90-minute sessions, offered in English and Spanish through live interpretation. Each session will consist of 40 minutes of “theory/foundation” followed by 1-2 case studies, presenting health authority actions across the Americas. There will be a live question and answer which will be monitored by the program team and questions will be consolidated and addressed to expert lecturers. Resources such as frameworks and suggested readings will be provided to all course participants following each session. Video recordings will be available following each session for asychronous view.

Speakers and Presenters

Carolyn Tateishi, Director, Climate Change and Innovation Bureau, Health Canada
Cecilia Sorensen, MD, Director, GCCHE
Elizabeth Schenk, PhD, RN, Executive Director of Environmental Stewardship at Providence
Avriel Rose Diaz, Executive Director Walking Palms Global Health
Dr. Courtney Howard, Emergency Physician


Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health


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