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06/16/2020

HealthCareWithoutHarm

We joined 450+ groups in filing a letter with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission calling on them to reject a petit...
06/16/2020

We joined 450+ groups in filing a letter with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission calling on them to reject a petition to strip states of their right to implement fair #solar policies. Energy independence is vital to the well-being of historically marginalized communities. Learn more: https://bit.ly/3e3uo7n

Center for Biological Diversity

With the theme of #WorldEnvironmentDay2020 being "biodiversity," we lift up a few of the powerful Black voices that make...
06/05/2020
Black Environmentalists Talk About Climate and Anti-Racism

With the theme of #WorldEnvironmentDay2020 being "biodiversity," we lift up a few of the powerful Black voices that make humanity so wonderfully diverse. Speaking on the climate crisis and racism, Sam Grant says, “It’s not choosing this or that. Or this, then that. It’s this and that.”

It’s impossible to live sustainably without tackling inequality, activists say.

#BlackLivesMatter
06/03/2020

#BlackLivesMatter

05/26/2020
Air Pollution and COVID-19

Connecting the dots from socioeconomic disparities to air pollution to underlying health conditions to COVID-19 vulnerabilities in under 2 minutes.

This is "Air Pollution and COVID-19" by Opalite Media on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.

"Not since World War II have we been so severely challenged to obtain essential goods. Now, because of COVID-19, we’re b...
05/21/2020
Covid, Climate Change, and Medical Supply Chain Resiliency: A Q&A with Professor Jodi Sherman, MD | Yale Sustainability

"Not since World War II have we been so severely challenged to obtain essential goods. Now, because of COVID-19, we’re being forced to be extremely mindful about conserving resources. We’re trying to use only what is needed, which surprisingly is not the norm."

May 18, 2020The US healthcare system’s reliance on a global supply chain and just-in-time delivery has been good for the bottom line. However, critical shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE) have recently raised awareness of the vulnerability of supply chains across the country and aroun...

With one Top 25 hospital providing over 3,500 lbs of free produce to veteran households and another recycling surgical b...
05/20/2020
25 hospitals setting the standard for sustainability in health care

With one Top 25 hospital providing over 3,500 lbs of free produce to veteran households and another recycling surgical blue wrap into sleeping bags for people experiencing homelessness, each of these honorees is shaping a healthier, more equitable world in powerful and measurable ways.

This year’s recipients of the Top 25 Environmental Excellence Awards demonstrate the kind of leadership, innovation, and performance that can drive the entire health sector forward.

The COVID-19 pandemic has shown the vast inequities & vulnerabilities across health care, supply chains, and our communi...
05/18/2020
Virtual session: Building community health and resilience beyond COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has shown the vast inequities & vulnerabilities across health care, supply chains, and our communities. A diverse panel of thought leaders will discuss different dimensions of community resilience as well as health care’s essential role in creating solutions.

May 27, 2 p.m. EST: Featuring a diverse range of thought leaders, this virtual session will address a number of challenging questions facing the health care sector.

05/15/2020
Virtual session: Building community health and resilience beyond COVID-19

Save your spot: May 27, 2 p.m. EST. Featuring a diverse range of thought leaders, this virtual session will address a number of challenging questions about health care's preparedness for widespread threats, local economies in the face of global supply chain disruptions, and placing equity at the center of community resilience, economic development, and health. Learn more and register today: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/3015895561913/WN_At5QrFzrRBuN8A2IU2-61A

"We are being offered a chance to redefine the meaning of community resilience in light of this crisis." What will we do...
05/12/2020
Community resilience after the coronavirus pandemic

"We are being offered a chance to redefine the meaning of community resilience in light of this crisis." What will we do with that chance?

The health care sector can shape our response to future crises — including the impact of climate change.

05/06/2020
You inspire us every day

We wanted to take a moment to simply say "thank you." No matter where you are or what you do in health care, you continue to inspire us each and every day.

No matter where you are or what you do, you continue to inspire us. Supporting you remains our priority during these times. We have compiled a list of vetted...

Whether in Massachusetts or your home state, the same rings true: Air pollution causes a number of health detriments tha...
05/01/2020
Massachusetts communities with dirty air are coronavirus hotspots - The Boston Globe

Whether in Massachusetts or your home state, the same rings true: Air pollution causes a number of health detriments that leave our immune system compromised and more susceptible to further illness. Unfortunately for many families, their proximity to polluting industries and transportation routes leaves them unavoidably exposed. But it doesn't have to be this way.

Researchers are beginning to see clear correlations between long-term exposure to air pollution and coronavirus mortality rates.

Health care workers as heroes. Air pollution and increased vulnerabilities. Food waste and equity. We hope these lessons...
04/30/2020
Connections between coronavirus pandemic and the climate crisis

Health care workers as heroes. Air pollution and increased vulnerabilities. Food waste and equity. We hope these lessons learned, and the innovations of policy and practice that flow from them, will help us collectively heal and move forward into a brighter future for everyone.

Health Care Without Harm created a library to share, learn, and inspire each other as we draw from the incredible reservoir that is our network.

As an emergency medicine physician on the front lines of the pandemic, Dr. Salas sees firsthand the devastating conseque...
04/24/2020
Renee N. Salas: Lessons from the covid-19 pandemic provide a blueprint for the climate emergency - The BMJ

As an emergency medicine physician on the front lines of the pandemic, Dr. Salas sees firsthand the devastating consequences of not being prepared for emergencies. She writes, "These lessons can serve as a poignant blueprint to mobilize health professionals to save lives before it is too late."

Two essential clinical principles have guided my practice as an emergency medicine doctor. First, I must use whatever information is available to predict and prepare for my patient’s next potential [...]More...

04/23/2020
On Earth Day, Medical Students Call On Us to Vote for Climate Action & Health

Dr. Amy Collins, an emergency physician in the Boston area, says, "In the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, this video brings me such hope. I get teary-eyed every time I watch it." To Medical Students for a Sustainable Future - MS4SF, every day is Earth Day, and every life is worth protecting. Learn more about this inspiring group: https://noharm-uscanada.org/MS4SF

As future doctors and in honor of Earth Day, Medical Students for a Sustainable Future delivers a message from medical students around the country to express...

"The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed vulnerabilities in our economic and social systems that are also relevant to our thi...
04/21/2020

"The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed vulnerabilities in our economic and social systems that are also relevant to our thinking about climate change." Dr. Aparna Bole talks lessons learned from the pandemic in the American Academy of Pediatrics: https://bit.ly/DrBoleAAP

The U.S. Administration also proposed $693 million in cuts in the FY2021 budget to the U.S. Centers of Disease Control a...
04/17/2020
Health Care Without Harm disturbed by Administration’s latest funding cuts

The U.S. Administration also proposed $693 million in cuts in the FY2021 budget to the U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention – a lifeline for the nation’s citizens, essential businesses, and our health care workers during this pandemic. When protecting lives should be our collective priority, we can find a sustainable path forward only by strengthening these agencies and working together.

Halting funding to the World Health Organization undermines the imperative of our global coordinated efforts to protect public health.

“In moments of crisis, people turn to the health sector. We have the heart connection and then the science… and then the...
04/09/2020
5 innovations that prove real heroes wear scrubs ⚡ | Atlas of the future

“In moments of crisis, people turn to the health sector. We have the heart connection and then the science… and then the way forward.” - Gary Cohen, President of Health Care Without Harm

If ever there was a time to get innovative, it's now. Do everyone a favour: stay at home and read these five amazing innovations from the people trying to save us from COVID-19.

Dr. John R. Balmes, a spokesman for the American Lung Association, said the findings were particularly important for hos...
04/07/2020
New Research Links Air Pollution to Higher Coronavirus Death Rates

Dr. John R. Balmes, a spokesman for the American Lung Association, said the findings were particularly important for hospitals in poor neighborhoods and communities of color, which tend to be exposed to higher levels of air pollution than affluent, white communities.

A nationwide study has found that counties with even slightly higher levels of long-term air pollution are seeing larger numbers of Covid-19 deaths.

"COVID-19 is really showing us when humanity is united in a common cause, phenomenally rapid change is possible." -Liz D...
04/02/2020
Health experts call pandemic a window into future climate threats

"COVID-19 is really showing us when humanity is united in a common cause, phenomenally rapid change is possible." -Liz Diebold, Skoll Foundation

The coronavirus threat - and the responses to it - suggest the kind of challenges dealing with global warming may bring

In uncertain times we hold on to what is certain: Health care workers and the hospitals they serve need to be the first ...
04/01/2020
Curing hospitals’ addiction to the fossil fuels that make people sick - The Boston Globe

In uncertain times we hold on to what is certain: Health care workers and the hospitals they serve need to be the first protected and the last standing in times of crisis. Proactively building resilience into health care saves lives both in and outside the hospital walls before, during, and after disasters.

Green hospitals may be better prepared to deal with Covid-19.

Our dear friend Dr. Renee Salas writes, "I have broken down in tears at various points, especially as I grapple with the...
03/31/2020
What It's Like to Be on the Hospital Front Lines During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Our dear friend Dr. Renee Salas writes, "I have broken down in tears at various points, especially as I grapple with the weight of the shared fear and isolation of my patients. Yet this underscores why it has never been more critical to respond with selfless, loving service." ❤️

For an emergency department physician fighting COVID-19, the coronavirus crisis is a call to sacrificial service and shared hope.

"We have to mitigate our own carbon footprint, but then we also have to provide leadership in health care. Sometimes tha...
03/16/2020
Nurse Climate Champions lead hospital sustainability changes

"We have to mitigate our own carbon footprint, but then we also have to provide leadership in health care. Sometimes that’s educating patients and families, and sometimes that’s just turning out the light in the office."

The Nurses Climate Challenge is helping hospitals to reduce environmental impact and educate peers.

"The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency estimates that 1,100 people die each year in Washington due to outdoor air pollution. ...
03/09/2020
Cutting Washington greenhouse emissions will protect our patients, save lives

"The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency estimates that 1,100 people die each year in Washington due to outdoor air pollution. The good news is reducing emissions and transitioning to cleaner energy yields immediate benefits in the form of healthier air for all."

The first week of February, Gov. Jay Inslee declared a state of emergency for 19 Washington counties as record-setting rainfall, severe flooding and mudslides caused evacuations, injuries and extensive damage.

"With $5 billion worth of pharmaceutical waste being churned out annually, harmfully impacting our ecosystems and oursel...
03/03/2020
How Do You Solve a Problem Like Pharma Waste?

"With $5 billion worth of pharmaceutical waste being churned out annually, harmfully impacting our ecosystems and ourselves, we are inching ever closer towards a public health crisis." Our founder joins others in speaking up about this crisis and some of the ways we're tackling it.

Words by Michaila Byrne Amidst the current public discourse surrounding sustainability and ethical practices, is the problem of pharmaceutical waste. From production to packaging, and from consumption to disposal, as the sheer magnitude of the waste problem intensifies, it is imperative that the pha...

03/02/2020
These Tree Campus Healthcare facilities are using trees to improve community health

🌳The health and community benefits of trees are undeniable. Check out these 16 beautiful health care campuses integrating trees, shade, and evergreen principles into their healing missions.🌲

The Tree Campus Healthcare program, first announced in 2019, recognizes health institutions that make a mission-aligned impact on community wellness through tree education, investment, and community engagement.

“Perhaps the intervention with the greatest potential for large scale population change is leveraging health care policy...
02/27/2020
Let food be thy medicine, and let thy provider pay for it

“Perhaps the intervention with the greatest potential for large scale population change is leveraging health care policy and systems change to support food interventions."

Food as medicine is not a new idea, but getting doctors to prescribe it and insurance companies to pay for it is certainly something new.

“This is one of those sweet spots where sustainability and cost savings go hand-in-hand.” Since the program’s inception ...
02/26/2020
Healing patients and planet with 1 cost-saving anesthesia adjustment

“This is one of those sweet spots where sustainability and cost savings go hand-in-hand.” Since the program’s inception in 2017, Advocate Aurora Health has reduced emissions from volatile anesthetic gases by 55%, saving the organization over $1 million in the process.

When Virginia Mason’s anesthesia technician Randy Johnson and staff anesthesiologist Dr. Ryan Pong learned that desflurane had a global warming potential 20 times greater than its alternative gases in 2015, they decided to work together on persuading their colleagues to reduce the use desflurane i...

“We have a moral duty to speak up about this." Dr. Lucy Marcil, a pediatrician at Boston Medical Center, joins others in...
02/14/2020
Doctors highlight climate impacts on hospitals, healthcare

“We have a moral duty to speak up about this." Dr. Lucy Marcil, a pediatrician at Boston Medical Center, joins others in outlining the ways (some not so obvious) the climate crisis is affecting all of us, particularly our most vulnerable communities.

BOSTON (AP) — Doctors and leaders of Boston’s renowned hospitals gathered Thursday to discuss how climate change is impacting their profession. The symposium at Harvard...

Love is in the air (don't forget to pick up those 🌷). And while you're at it, treat yourself, your colleagues, and your ...
02/13/2020
7 reasons you'll love CleanMed in the words of past attendees

Love is in the air (don't forget to pick up those 🌷). And while you're at it, treat yourself, your colleagues, and your planet to "the best melting pot for all those who care about health care's footprint."

Coming to Orlando May 12-14, CleanMed is "an opportunity to meet key decision makers in health care." It's "the best melting pot for all who care about health care's footprint." It's "the best conference I've been to." Their words, not ours (but we don't disagree).

As the climate crisis grows, medical students and physicians in training advocate for more climate curriculum and bolder...
02/12/2020
Future doctors want to put your health at center of climate crisis

As the climate crisis grows, medical students and physicians in training advocate for more climate curriculum and bolder climate action to protect your health and the health of your family. Now's your chance to advocate for them.

In recent years medical students and physicians in training have advocated for more climate curriculum and marched in solidarity with the climate strikes. Now some of them are hoping to bring their climate leadership to the next level with a scholarship to CleanMed, and you can help make it happen.

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General information

Welcome to the US and Canada’s Health Care Without Harm page! Health Care Without Harm is an international coalition of hospitals and health care systems, medical professionals, community groups, health-affected constituencies, labor unions, environmental and environmental health organizations and religious groups. "First Do No Harm" ... Together with our partners around the world, Health Care Without Harm shares a vision of a health care sector that does no harm, and instead promotes the health of people and the environment. To that end, we are working to implement ecologically sound and healthy alternatives to health care practices that pollute the environment and contribute to disease. Health Care Without Harm has regional offices in Reston, Virginia; Brussels; Buenos Aires and Manila. In other world regions, we work with Strategic Partners based in New Delhi, Durban, Dar es Saalam and elsewhere.

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Health Care Without Harm is an amazing organization.
I’ve joined with more than 400 health and medical professionals in signing a medical excuse note for the students striking for climate action on September 20. We are in a #ClimateHealthEmergency and need to act!
Dear Practitioners, We are excited to bring you The Electromagnetic Fields Conference 2019, September 6-8, the first conference of its kind this coming September in Santa Cruz, CA. If you are involved in patient care, you cannot afford to miss this conference. As a practitioner, you will walk away with exactly what you need to diagnose and treat the symptoms of radiation exposure from today's wireless technology.
HCWH friends: we (Energy Justice Network) just got a law passed in Baltimore that should force the nation’s largest medical waste incinerator to close! Check out the Baltimore Clean Air Act:
Happy to be part of www.OrganicforAll.org. A groundbreaking study shows toxic pesticides dropped up to 95% after one week on an organic diet! Organic can't be just for the wealthy, we need to make #OrganicForAll.
If you really are serious about HCWH, you will start preaching about Indoor Air Quality. This article in FORBES has disappeared, but you can see it once existed... the title speaks for itself.
How can we Partner with HCWH and get some enforcement of Fragrance Free Policies within the healthcare system as we have increases of Environmental Illness? Toni Temple wrote a hospital primer titled "Healthier Hospitals" and had a plan on disseminating across healthcare, unfortunately she passed in 2016. Healthy air is a right and fragrance products are a toxic choice. Please show direction and whom to get this started.