Climate Change & Clinical Practice Symposium

February 13, 2020  

Activity Description

The first symposium to bring together the leading health institutions around Greater Boston to tackle the effects of the climate crisis on clinical practice.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants were able to:

  • Demonstrate the connections between greenhouse gas emissions and health outcomes
  • Apply their understanding of climate effects on health to understand opportunities to improve resilience in clinical practice
  • Recognize the unique responsibility of clinicians to communicate about the health impacts of climate change

Target Audience

This activity was intended for the health care community: clinicians, clinical leaders, hospital leaders, health professional students, lay public engaged in climate crisis advocacy, media


Partners HealthCare System is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Partners HealthCare System designates this live activity for a maximum of 3.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Course Directors

Aaron Bernstein, MD, MPH
Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Harvard Global Health Institute, Boston Children’s Hospital

Renee N. Salas, MD, MPH, MS
Harvard Global Health Institute, Harvard C-CHANGE, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School

Caren Solomon, MD, MPH
The New England Journal of Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Program Agenda

12:30 PM – Registration & Coffee

1:00 PM| Welcome Remarks
Eric Rubin, MD, PhD, Editor-in-Chief, The New England Journal of Medicine
David Golan, MD, PhD, Dean for Research Operations and Global Programs, Harvard Medical School

1:15 PM| Opening Keynote
Renee N. Salas, MD, MPH, MS, Harvard Global Health Institute, Harvard C-CHANGE, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School

1:40 PM| Clinical Practice Implications and Solutions
Moderator: Aaron Bernstein, MD, MPH, Harvard C-CHANGE, HGHI, Boston Children’s Hospital

Gaurab Basu, MD, MPH, Primary Care, Cambridge Health Alliance
Gary Belkin, MD, PhD, MPH, Psychiatry, Visiting Scientist for Harvard C-CHANGE
Regina LaRocque, MD, MPH, Infectious Disease, Massachusetts General Hospital
Lucy Marcil,MD, MPH, Pediatrics, Boston Medical Center
Mary Rice, MD, MPH, Pulmonary and Critical Care, Beth-Israel Deaconess Medical Center

3:10 PM – Coffee & Networking Break

3:30 PM| Opportunities for Improving Practice in the Era of the Climate Crisis
Moderator: Gina McCarthy, MS, Board of Advisors,Harvard C-CHANGE

Nicholas S. Hill, MD, Chief, Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Division, Tufts University School of Medicine
Bernard Jones, EdM, Vice President, Public Policy, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Patrice NicholasDNSc, DHL, MPH, RN, NP-C, FAANDirector, Center for Climate Change, Climate Justice, and Health at MGH Institute of Health Professions
Kathleen E. Walsh,MPH, President & CEO, Boston Medical Center

 4:30 PM| The Power of Action by Health Professionals
Caren Solomon, MD, MPH, The New England Journal of Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

4:45 PM| Closing Keynote: Where do we go from here?
Aaron Bernstein, MD, MPH, Harvard C-CHANGE, Harvard Global Health Institute, Boston Children’s Hospital

5:00 PM – Adjournment of Educational Activity

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM| Reception & Networking