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Lecture Series on Climate and Health

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St. Luke’s and Idaho Clinicians for Climate Health continue their lecture series addressing health and climate change.

All sessions are free and open to the public both virtually and through in-person attendance. Session recordings will be available to any registrants and can also be viewed on the St. Luke’s YouTube page upon conclusion.

Winter/Spring 2024 Series

The Joint Commission's Sustainable Healthcare Certification Program

Feb. 7: 12-1 p.m. MST

Hear directly from Dr. Jonathan Perlin, President and CEO of the Joint Commission, on the importance of engagement in the U.S. health sector’s efforts to reduce its carbon footprint and the HHS Pledge. Learn how The Joint Commission is launching the Sustainable Healthcare Certification program for U.S. hospitals and critical access hospitals. As a steering committee member for the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) “Action Collaborative on Decarbonizing the US Health Sector,” Dr. Perlin will also offer an update on the exciting work being done at NAM.

Presented by: Dr. Jonathan Perlin, President and CEO of the Joint Commission

Mental Health and Climate Change

Mar. 6: 12-1 p.m. MST

Hear from Dr. Elizabeth Pinsky, a child and adolescent psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and the Associate Director for Advocacy at MGH Center for Environment and Health. Dr. Pinsky is a renowned speaker on the topic of climate change and its impacts on our mental health. She will share her insights about the impacts of extreme heat, wildfire smoke, floods, droughts and other climate-fueled natural disasters on levels of stress, anxiety and depression, and how this is particularly impacting children, teens and young adults.

Presented by: Dr. Elizabeth Pinsky, child and adolescent psychiatrist and associate director for advocacy, Massachusetts General Hospital

Health Benefits of Trees

Apr. 10, 12-1 p.m. MDT

The Arbor Day Foundation will talk about St. Luke's plan to become a Healthcare Tree Canopy member and the benefits to staff and patients of growing and caring for our living infrastructure.


Registration Instructions

All sessions are free and open to the public.

Email us with any questions.

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This Event Will Use Microsoft Teams

This Event Will Use Microsoft Teams

Attend Online Using Your Computer, Tablet or Mobile Phone

Microsoft Teams will allow you to attend this event virtually using your personal device.

Climate Change Lecture Archives

  • Climate Smart Asthma Care

    • People are struggling to breathe, and inhalers are part of the solution. But inhalers can also contribute a significant portion of carbon emissions. There may be choices available that are clinically equivalent and have a significantly lower carbon footprint.

      Presenters: Dr. Gregg Furie; Dr. Samantha Green; and Kathleen Silveira, PharmD

    • View on St. Luke's YouTube Channel
  • Expansion of Infectious Borne Disease

    • Climate change, mild winters, early springs, and new habitats are giving insects more time to reproduce, more interactions with humans/animals and more opportunities to spread diseases throughout the United States.

      Presenters: Dr. Sky Blue, Sawtooth Epidemiology and Infectious Diseases; and Dr. Christine Hahn, Idaho medical director and state epidemiologist, Idaho Division of Public Health

    • View on St. Luke's YouTube Channel
  • Idaho Climate Economic Impacts

    • The Idaho Climate-Economy Impacts Assessment connects the latest scientific research on Idaho’s changing climate with economic risks and opportunities that impact businesses, residents and local and state economies.

      With the participation of researchers and subject matter experts, the findings from the assessment help Idaho plan for a productive, resilient future.

      Presenters: Dr. Bill Weppner, primary care provider and clinician-educator; and Helen Brown College of Health and Human Sciences, University of Idaho
    • View on St. Luke's YouTube Channel