Media Advisory: Health Care Without Harm and Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC Present a Symposium on Climate Change and Health for Health Care Providers


Source: Marketwire

PITTSBURGH, PA -- (Marketwire) -- 07/02/12 -- Leading experts in the health effects of climate change will gather to speak to health professionals on the links between climate and health and why it is important to the health care sector to lead on this issue.


  • KEYNOTE: Terry Collins,'Energy and Sustainability.' Collins is Teresa Heinz Professor of Green Chemistry and Director, Institute for Green Science, Carnegie Mellon University. He is a world-renowned green chemist and is a pioneer in the development of Green Oxidation Catalysts.

Collins will address fracking in his discussion.

  • KEYNOTE: Gary Cohen, 'Climate Change and Health.' Cohen is a social entrepreneur who has founded a number of non-profit organizations committed to improving health through engaging in improvements to the environment, including Health Care Without Harm, Practice Greenhealth and the Healthier Hospitals Initiative. Cohen was presented with the Skoll Foundation's Social Entrepreneur Award in 2006 and was named a 'Game Changer' in Healthy Living by Huffington Post in 2011. He was recently awarded the EPA New England Region Environmental Merit Award for his work. He will address the responsibility of health care sector to address climate change.


  • Phillip R. S. Johnson, Heinz Endowments, will speak on the Pittsburgh 'Breathe Project,' an awareness project for citizens of Pittsburgh that helps them understand the problems of air pollution in the community.
  • Noe Copley-Woods, MD, Assistant Professor of ObGyn at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. She will address physician practices to reduce waste in the hospital setting, especially in the Operating Room, leading to reductions in the carbon footprint of the hospital and ultimately, lessening the effects of climate change.
  • Nina Kaktins from the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association describing the ANA/PSNA policy resolution 'Nurses Role in Recognizing, Educating, and Advocating for Healthy Energy Choices.' She will discuss the nursing responsibility for addressing climate change.

When: July 12, 2012, 8:30 am - 11:30 am (Breakfast served 8 am-8:30 am)

Where: Mellon Institute Auditorium, Carnegie Mellon University 2nd Floor- Enter from Bellefield Street

Members of the Pressare invited to this free event. Register by calling the University at 412-802-8299.

NOTE: ALL speakers are available for interviews. Interviews with the speakers can be arranged by calling Eileen Secrest at 540-376-4495.

HCWH is an international coalition of more than 508 organizations in 53 countries, working to transform the health care industry worldwide, without compromising patient safety or care, so that it is ecologically sustainable and no longer a source of harm to public health and the environment. For more information on HCWH, see

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