National Health Leaders to Convene on Addressing Climate Impacts and Mobilizing Climate Action

Climate for Health Leadership ConveningecoAmerica is pleased to announce our inaugural Climate for Health National Leadership Convening, being held in partnership with our co-sponsors and Leadership Circle members, Health Care Without Harm and the U.S. Climate and Health Alliance. The convening is being held on April 1st and 2nd, 2015 in Washington, DC at the American Psychological Association’s headquarters.
 
Climate change is accelerating, and the impacts on our health are growing in frequency, severity, and category, becoming more visible in our everyday lives and showing up in doctor’s offices across the country.
 
In response, members of our Climate for Health Leadership Circle are stepping up and making the case to engage additional colleagues from across health care and public health to join together for two days of focused thought leadership and collaboration. The goal is to gather committed health leaders representing the full scope of our nation’s health sector, including physicians, nurses, public health officials, mental health practitioners, community climate resilience experts, federal, state and regional health experts, and more, around the same table. The work before them? To figure out how best to inspire, equip, and mobilize health leadership as a powerful, credible, and trusted asset for promoting climate solutions that benefit health, and slow or reverse the changes that affect our health and well-being.
 
The Climate for Health Convening is an invitation-only gathering of over 50 national health leaders who will tackle why and how the health sector can accelerate engagement at the intersection of health and climate. Leaders will engage with subject experts, who will lead interactive discussion on key strategies including ways to maximize communication opportunities, the role of the health system in responding and preparing for climate change resiliency, and professional education on the health impacts of climate change. They’ll also explore how health professionals can help leaders from other sectors and the public understand the immediate significance of the health and climate connection.
 
Leaders will identify key opportunities and chart next steps in working together over the next year to build sector-wide health leadership on climate solutions.
 
There are big events in the coming year, such as the Pope’s upcoming encyclical, the Lancet Commission Report to be released this May, and the COP21 Climate Change Conference in Paris, that present compelling focal points for rallying the health voice in ways that are proportionate to the climate issues confronting health professionals. The Convening will provide a platform for scanning the policy landscape to identify opportunities at the local, state, federal, and international levels, where the power of collective health leadership can play a critical role in advocating successfully for smart climate action.
 
As a follow-up to the Convening, our Leadership Circle will reassemble at the Path to Positive Summit taking place in Washington, D.C., May 20-21st. There, they will bring their health strategies forward and identify how to join forces with national leaders from across the MomentUs faith, higher education, business, and community sectors to build a critical mass of public support and catalyze political will for American climate solutions.
 
For interest in and questions about the Climate for Health Convening, please contact [email protected].

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