NorCal Symposium on Climate and Pandemic Resilience in Health Care

September 25, 2020


September 25, 2020


Virtual Meeting

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We are excited to convene the virtual NorCal Sustainable Healthcare Symposium on September 25, 2020.  The symposium will educate and empower health care professionals to enact sustainable healthcare practices at their institutions.  The COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare the vulnerabilities of health care systems in the US to adapt and mobilize resources needed to provide timely, appropriate, and equitable care. Climate change adds stressors such as wildfires, super storms, and heat waves that further test our capacity. It is critical that we build resilient health care systems, able to respond effectively in times of crisis.


Through interdisciplinary sessions with health care workers, sustainability officers, and advocates for sustainable solutions, we will build a community of invested individuals and organizations to create resilient and equitable health care systems.



To enact practices for sustainable healthcare that improve resilience, mitigate climate change, and promote equity.  


  • Increase literacy on the relationship between climate change, health, equity, and pandemic-readiness.
  • Catalyze cost-saving sustainable healthcare practices and carbon footprint reduction via discussion of gaps, institutional needs, best practices, and solutions to promote change
  • Build a community of invested health care professionals in Northern California to continue the conversation and monitor progress
  • Create opportunities for community collaboration on sustainable healthcare practices



This symposium will present key findings from our six focus groups on the following topics:

  • Curriculum/Education for Climate/Pandemic Topics
  • Disaster Resilience for Pandemics and Climate-Related Events
  • Reducing Health Care Sector Emissions and Waste
  • Sustainable/Resilient Food Systems
  • Advocacy for Healthcare Professionals
  • Community Partnerships for Climate/Pandemic Resilience

Each session will present evidence-based asks for decision-makers, including health systems administrators, policymakers, and industry, to better mitigate and enable readiness for pandemics and climate change.

Target Audience

  • Health professionals, including clinicians, sustainability experts & administrators 
  • Faculty and students of NorCal medical centers – both health systems and campuses


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9:00 AM - Welcome

9:15 AM - Keynote Speaker Presentation by Dr. Cheryl Holder

10:00 AM - Lightning Talks on subgroup sessions

10:25 AM - First subgroup session: 

  • Community Partnerships
  • Disaster Resilience


12:30 PM - Second subgroup session

  •  Healthcare Emissions/Waste
  • Education Reform

2:15 PM - Third subgroup session

  •  Food Systems Resilience
  • Advocacy for Health Care Professionals

3:45 PM -  Subgroup Report Back

4:00 PM - Panel with Healthcare Leaders: 

  • Moderator: Dr. Lloyd Minor, Dean of Stanford School of Medicine
  • Sheila Antrum, Chief Operating Officer for UCSF Health
  • David Entwistle, Stanford Health Care President and CEO
  • Dr. Talmudge King, Dean of UCSF School of Medicine

4:50 PM - Closing Remarks