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I-23: The Climate Crisis: Pathways to Decarbonizing the US Health Sector

Learning Objectives
1. Recognize the climate crisis as a public health and equity crisis
2. Identify common organizational barriers to decarbonization
3. Describe best practices and approaches that health care workers can implement to fight against climate change and its impact on patients
4. List resources that are available to support individual actions towards decarbonization
1.5 Credits CME

This is a live activity that occurred on November 12th, 2023. If you attended this activity in person and would like to claim CME credit or a certificate of participation, please click “Take Quiz”.

Hosted by Health, Science and Ethics in collaboration with the National Academy of Medicine.

Climate change is increasingly affecting people's health and the ability of the US health care system to effectively respond to increases in extreme climate-related events. Improving the carbon footprint of the entire health ecosystem can drastically lower the approximately 8.5% of US carbon emissions for which it is responsible, while also having significant health, social, and economic benefits. To address a threat of this magnitude, it is critical to activate all parts of the health care sector to drive individual practices, organizations, and the entire system towards more sustainable practices. The National Academy of Medicine's Grand Challenge on Climate Change, Human Health, and Equity (Climate Grand Challenge) is a multi-year global initiative to improve and protect human health, well-being, and equity by working to transform systems that both contribute to and are impacted by climate change. There is a need to activate all parts of the health sector for sustainable change.

All individuals in the health care sector, no matter their position, have the ability to drive individual practices, organizations, and the entire sector towards more sustainable practices. In this live session at the AMA House of Delegates Interim Meeting 2023, attendees will learn about the public-private programs that the National Academy of Medicine has launched to lead in this space, as well as how to become an active participant in this global initiative. This session will also share innovations, best practices, and lessons learned from health care leaders, frontline faculty, and learners who have established successful sustainable approaches to the challenge of how to collectively move the health sector.

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CME Disclosure Statement: Unless noted, all individuals in control of content reported no relevant financial relationships.

If applicable, all relevant financial relationships have been mitigated.

AMA CME Accreditation Information

Credit Designation Statement: The American Medical Association designates this Course activity for a maximum of 1.50  AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to:

  • 1.50 Medical Knowledge MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program;;
  • 1.50 Self-Assessment points in the American Board of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery’s (ABOHNS) Continuing Certification program;
  • 1.50 MOC points in the American Board of Pediatrics’ (ABP) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program;
  • 1.50 Lifelong Learning points in the American Board of Pathology’s (ABPath) Continuing Certification program; and
  • 1.50 credit toward the CME of the American Board of Surgery’s Continuous Certification program

It is the CME activity provider's responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting MOC credit.


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