Event transcript (edited for readability)
This free public meeting discussed health sector decarbonization in the U.S. and internationally, as well as presented the priorities and plans of the Action Collaborative on Decarbonizing the U.S. Health Sector (Climate Collaborative). Now watch on-demand:
11:00 | Welcome & Opening Remarks
11:10 | Federal Action to Decarbonize the U.S. Health Sector
ADM Rachel Levine, MD, Assistant Secretary for Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
11:25 | Health Sector Decarbonization – A Global Perspective
Maria Neira, MD, MPH, Director, Department of Environment, Climate Change and Health, World Health Organization
Dr Neira began her career as a medical coordinator working with refugees in El Salvador and Honduras for Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders). She then spent several years working in different African countries during armed conflicts. Born in the city of Oviedo, Asturias, Dr Neira is a Spanish national, a medical doctor by training and specialized in Endocrinology and Metabolic Diseases; and Public Health.
Among many distinctions, she has been awarded the Médaille de l’Ordre national du Mérite by the Government of France and received an “Extraordinary Woman” award by HM Queen Letizia of Spain. In early 2019, she was nominated among the top 100 policy influencers in health and climate change.
11:40 | Delivering a Net Zero NHS: Lessons Learned for the U.S. and Beyond
Nick Watts, MBBS, MA, Chief Sustainability Officer, NHS England
Nick is a medical doctor licensed in Australia and the UK, and a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians’ Faculty of Public Health.
Prior to the National Health Service, Nick worked internationally as the Executive Director of the Lancet Countdown and the Lancet Commission on Health and Climate Change, a collaboration of UN agencies and academic centres across the world. He has also focused on engaging the health profession on the links between public health and climate change, having founded both the Global Climate and Health Alliance and the UK Health Alliance on Climate Change.
11:55 | Priorities for Action: Presentations from the Climate Collaborative’s Working Groups
12:25 | Concluding Remarks
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