Health Industry Outreach

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This training explores the connections between our changing climate, fossil fuel air pollution and human health, how to communicate about it effectively with the public, and advice on how to  approach hospital executives, hospitals, and other health care systems for endorsements or support for the Energy Innovation & Carbon Dividend Act.

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Why outreach to the health industry?

One of the most powerful opportunities for highlighting our common ground we as CCL volunteers can make in our discussions about the impacts of climate change is highlighting the many ways it is already negatively impacting human health.

The Lancet Commission on Health and Climate Change 2015  concludes that “climate change is the biggest global health threat of the 21st century.” More recently, the Lancet Countdown 2017 found that health impacts from climate change are worse than previously understood.

While the impact of climate change on public health may be apparent to health care executives, the negative impact to businesses may not have been on their radar until the more frequent extreme weather events of the last few years. The U.S. healthcare system is a very complex, highly regulated industry that continues to experience significant changes in an unsettled political environment that makes long-range strategic planning even more difficult and uncertain.

As climate change intensifies, public health will be increasingly negatively impacted. Healthcare systems will be challenged to respond to these crisis situations. At the same time, the system must navigate the negative business impact from these events while trying to maintain their profitability. Given the critical nature of these services and the potential financial impact, CCL supporters have the opportunity to play an important role in helping empower hospital executives, and to have a significant role in influencing political action to decrease carbon emissions.

Hospitals and healthcare systems are a vital community resource when facing climate disasters. Additionally, over 10% of the U.S. workforce works in the healthcare industry, leading hospitals to become increasingly influential supporters and co-lobbyists.

Getting started
  • Here’s an outline of the steps you may take as you begin your grasstops outreach to the healthcare industry in your area. Feel free to ask for support along the way from the CCL Health Action Team.
  1. Read the outreach documents highlighted below. Click on the "Watch" and "Listen" tabs for more information for further details on the health impacts of climate change.
  2. Customize the outreach documents below with your own local information and impacts.
  3. Prepare an informational binder that you can leave behind that includes the documents below.
  4. Assemble your outreach team (try to include at least one health care professional).
  5. Request an appointment with your health system’s sustainability officer, government/public/community affairs officer, Chief Operating Officer, Chief Medical Officer, or Chief Nursing Officer as the initial contact.
Resources to use for outreach

The following resources are specific for  Health Industry Outreach:

Other helpful CCL documents you may want to check out:

After your meeting
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Introductions and Agenda
(from beginning)

Climate Change Health Impacts
(3:07)

Fossil Fuels Health Impacts
(19:42)

Health Costs
(30:04)

Takeaways and Helpful Resources
(35:03)

Instructor(s)

Dr. Robert Byron

Cynthia Mahoney

Downloads

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Audio length
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Audio Outline
To skip ahead to a specific section go to the time indicated in parenthesis.
Introductions and Agenda 
(from beginning)

Climate Change Health Impacts 
(3:07)

Fossil Fuels Health Impacts 
(19:42)

Health Costs 
(30:04)

Takeaways and Helpful Resources 
(35:03)
Instructor(s)
Dr. Robert Byron

Cynthia Mahoney
Go Deeper
Join the Health Action Team.
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Category
Training
Topics
Grassroots Outreach, Grasstops Outreach
Format
Audio / Video, Presentation
File Type
Google Doc, Google Slides, PowerPoint (.pptx)