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Lecture focuses on how health care providers can help address climate change

The Sustainability Initiative, Environmental Health in Medicine and the Health Systems Science Lecture Series at Penn State College of Medicine have organized a joint lecture, “Climate Change, Health and the Heath System,” with Dr. Amy Collins. The event will take place noon to 1 p.m. Oct. 31, 2019, in Room C4618 (Lecture Room A) at the College of Medicine.

Lunch will be provided, and the program has applied to offer CME credit to those who attend in person.

A reception and continuing dialogue will follow the talk in Room T3007 until 3:30 p.m.

Dr. Collins is a practicing emergency medicine physician in Boston and a health care sustainability professional, climate activist and senior clinical advisor for Health Care Without Harm. Through Health Care Without Harm, she leads a national network of physicians interested in the health impacts of climate change, promoting environmentally responsible, climate-smart health and planetary health practices.

Before her talk, Dr. Collins will meet with College of Medicine faculty and staff for 30-minute sessions. Not all meetings will be one-one-one. Those interested in meeting with Dr. Collins in the morning before her talk should email Natasha Sood at Time slots available are 8:15 to 8:45 a.m., 8:45 to 9:15 a.m., 9:45 to 10:15 a.m., 10:45 to 11:15 a.m. and 11:15 to 11:45 a.m.; specific times will be confirmed as soon as possible after receiving an email request.

The Health Systems Science Academy was designed to establish and assess educational endeavors spanning the entire spectrum of learners – students, graduate trainees and faculty – at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Penn State College of Medicine. It strives to advance the core principes of the science of health care delivery, add value to the clinical practice environment and improve health outcomes.

The Sustainability Initiative aims to promote the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals by creating a sustainable campus community though evidence-based solutions in operations, education, research, outreach, patient care and health programs. A Sustainability Council and several Sustainable Development Goals teams – focused on the environment, equity and good health – help to achieve these goals.

For details, contact Natasha Sood at

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