On July 2nd, the Osher Center held a special installment of our monthly Integrative Medicine Grand Rounds. Three speakers explored the impacts and opportunities at the interface of climate change and integrative medicine. The timely event came just as much of Western Europe experienced an early and intense summer heatwave. This extreme weather event was arguably intensified by a factor of five by the influence of climate change.
Read the commentary on the Grand Rounds by John Weeks, writer, speaker and change agent for the integrative medicine community and editor-in-chief of JACM (Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine).
Watch our speakers shed light on this public health issue through three distinct lenses:
Renee Salas, MD, MPH, MS, Harvard Global Health Institute
Lead author, 2018 Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change U.S. Brief
Key public health impacts of climate change and opportunities for Greater Boston
Bill Ravanesi, MA, MPH, Health Care Without Harm
Senior Director, Green Building and Energy Program
The carbon footprint of hospitals and leadership role of the health care industry in climate change mitigation an adaptation
Peter Wayne, PhD, Osher Center for Integrative Medicine (BWH/HMS)
Research Director and Interim Director
The role of integrative medicine in providing society with the tools to enhance prevention and health resilience and behavior change relevant to low-carbon health care and well-being.
Moderated by Aterah Nusrat, MSc. DIC, Program Manager, Osher Center for Integrative Medicine.
- 2018 Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change Brief for the United States of America, November, 2018
- Resilience 2.0: Healthcare’s Role in Anchoring Community Health and Resilience, Health Care Without Harm, Boston Summit, 2017
- Safe haven in the storm, Health Care Without Harm
- Production of allergenic pollen by ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia L.) is increased in CO2 enriched atmospheres. Annals of Asthma, Allergy and Immunology, Vol. 88, March, 2002
- Microevolutionary responses in experimental populations of plants to CO2-enriched environments: Parallel results from two model systems. Proc. Natl. Acad. USA. Vol 92, August 1995.