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:
    •    Education/Curriculum Reform
    •    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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Zoom fatigue is real! We recommend joining the Morning Keynote at 9AM, Afternoon panel at 4PM and prioritize attending ONE or TWO topic sessions during the day to maximize your engagement as we recognize that engagement drops off with too much time in front of a screen.




9:00 AM - Welcome by Paul King, Stanford Children's Health President and CEO
                    Keynote by Dr. Cheryl Holder on the Intersections between Climate Change, COVID-19, and Racism

10:00 AM - Break

10:20 AM - Concurrent Sessions Round 1
                    - Community Partnerships for Climate/Covid-19 Resilience
                    - Advocacy for Health Professionals

11:35 AM - LUNCH

12:30 PM - Concurrent Sessions Round 2:
                    - Disaster Resilience
                    - Education/Curriculum Reform

1:45 PM - BREAK

2:00 PM - Concurrent Sessions Round 3:
                 - Sustainable/Resilient Food systems
                 - Decreasing Healthcare Emissions

3:15 PM - Virtual Community and Organizational Happy Hour

Alliance of Nurses for a Healthy Environment

Climate Health Now

Garden Health, Ravenswood Family Health

Medical Students for a Sustainable Future

My Green Doctor

Physicians for Social Responsibility, Bay Area

4:00 PM - Panel with Gina McCarthy and Stanford and UCSF healthcare leaders: Building resilient healthcare systems in the face of climate/covid-19

5:00 PM - Wrap Up