Climate for Health Convening Outlines 8 Key Strategies for Engaging the Health Sector on Climate Solutions

Convening SummaryIn early April 2015, Climate for Health held its first National Leadership Convening, in partnership with Health Care Without Harm and the U.S. Climate and Health Alliance. We brought together over 70 leaders from across the health sector for two days of collaboration and strategic planning, with the goal of building and elevating health leadership on climate solutions.
As evidence about the link between climate change and public health continues to grow, the need for collective action becomes increasingly urgent. The convening provided an opportunity for health leaders to pinpoint areas where action is most critical, and identify the best tactics for addressing those issues.
This week, Climate for Health and our partners released a summary of the convening, which offers an outline of the most significant findings from the gathering as well as a recap of the various discussions. It’s intended to share our insights with health leaders who were unable to attend, and inspire those who did attend to keep the momentum and positive energy from the convening alive and moving forward.
Very briefly, here are the eight key findings from the Health Leadership Convening:
8 Key Strategies to Engage Health Leaders on Climate Solutions
1. Health leaders must elevate their leadership to reach the highest national levels
2. New and deeper climate messages must be created to equip health leaders to effectively speak out
3. Education and engagement is needed to expand professional knowledge of climate impacts and the benefits of solutions
4. Health organizations should leverage key events, such as the recently released Lancet climate report
5. Health organizations should work with local health and community leaders to build more climate-resilient communities
6. New sources of funding and support for health and climate work must be secured
7. More advocates must be empowered to inform policymakers of the need for urgent climate action
8. Health care organizations must lead by example by addressing their own climate footprint

The summary goes on to share insights from some of the eminent speakers at the convening, including Ed Maibach, Director of the Center for Climate Communications at George Mason University, and Dr. Georges Benjamin, Executive Director of the American Public Health Association. Our report also highlights the main strategies that emerged from the various breakout sessions. Download the summary here to learn more.
With the Pope’s recent encyclical and the newly released Lancet report bringing global attention to the need for climate action, there has never been a better time to take the lead on climate solutions. Climate for Health, Health Care Without Harm, and the U.S. Climate and Health Alliance all offer peer support and climate and health resources to help empower health leaders to raise their voices and engage their organizations and communities. We urge you to join us.

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