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Apr 2024 25
Time: 12:30 PM

The National Academy of Medicine co-hosted Climate and Health Day with Kaiser Permanente and Climate Group as part of the US Climate Action Summit. The Climate and Health Day public program featured four panels exploring different aspects of climate and health.

The goals of the public program included:

  • hearing from global leaders on driving actionable change to address climate change
  • delving into the impacts of climate change on health, including risks, impacts, and equitable solutions
  • highlighting opportunities for cross-sectoral collaboration and partnership building for mitigation and adaptation
  • exploring mechanisms for creating climate-resilient communities and elevating community experience and expertise

In addition to the above program, the day included the launch of the NAM’s new initiative “Accelerating the National Climate and Health Movement.” This initiative is intended to build upon and sustain the groundswell of health sector organizations addressing climate and health across the nation.

Agenda Highlights

12:30 PM ET | Introduction and Welcome

  • Victor Dzau, National Academy of Medicine  
  • Bechara Choucair, Kaiser Permanente 
  • Angela Barranco, Climate Group 

12:40 PM ET | Opening Remarks  

  • Ali Zaidi, White House Climate Policy Office

12:50 PM ET | Panel 1: Special Panel of Global Health Leaders

Moderator: Judith Rodin, Rockefeller Foundation and University of Pennsylvania (former)   


  • Naveen Rao, Rockefeller Foundation
  • John Balbus, OCCHE, HHS   
  • Pam Cheng, AstraZeneca   
  • Tamer Rabie, World Bank

1:50 PM ET | Addressing Climate and Health: A Global Perspective

  • Vanessa Kerry, WHO 

2:00 PM ET | Launch of the NAM “Accelerating the National Climate and Health Movement” initiative

2:20 PM ET | Panel 2: Climate Change and Health: Understanding Risks, Impacts, and Equitable Solutions

Moderator: Susan Anenberg, George Washington University    


  • Ari Bernstein, Centers for Disease Control and
  • Cheryl Holder, Florida Clinicians for Climate
  • Joshua Weil, Kaiser Permanente 
  • Neil Vora, Conservation International  
  •  Laura Kate Bender, American Lung Association

3:30 PM ET | Panel 3: Synergistic Approaches in Climate, Health, and Equity Initiatives

Moderator: George Barrett, Cardinal Health (former)   


  • Liz Fowler, Center for Medicare and Medicaid
    Innovation (CMS Innovation Center)
  • Jonathan Perlin, The Joint Commission
  • Emmie Mediate, Health Care Without Harm
  • Seema Wadhwa, Kaiser Permanente
  • Renee Salas, The Cooperative

4:30 PM ET | Panel 4: Resilient Climate and Health Communities: Climate-Proofing Health Care at the Community Level

Moderator: Maureen Lichtveld, University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health   


  •  Jessica Hinshaw, National Association of
    Community Health Centers
  • Sacoby Wilson, University of Maryland, College
    Park School of Public Health
  • Nathaniel Smith, Partnership for Southern
  • Funmi Chinekezi, National Academy of

5:20 PM ET | Closing Remarks


Any questions? Please contact ClimateandHealth@nas.edu


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