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What are you doing to make primary care more sustainable?

We want to acknowledge the efforts being made in primary care towards improving planetary health. Primary care clinics are multi-disciplinary and team based and we want to hear from all professions in primary care about the work you’ve been doing in your clinic.

The stories collected will shape the Toolkit for Environmentally Sustainable Primary Care, which Ilona Hale, MD and Lisa Larkin, RN are creating with the East Kootenay Division of Family Practice in BC, and will help inspire action for others working in primary care or in similar structured clinic settings.

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Dispatches from COP27: On the road to climate resilient and low carbon, sustainable health systems

Join host Fiona Miller in conversation with Courtney Howard and Joe Vipond from the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment. They are on the ground in Egypt for COP27 — the annual Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change — one year after Canada signed onto the WHO’s #COP26 Health Programme, formally committing to climate resilient and low carbon, sustainable health systems.
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Community Updates

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What we eat and how we eat hugely impacts the environment and the food system contributes to over 30% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Join GreenCare as they explore how to reduce waste and make more sustainable food choices in Eat for Our Future on Wednesday, November 30, 2022, at 12:00 pm PT.

In Climate Change: A corporate responsibility for healthcare? Fiona Miller presents the CASCADES Organizational Readiness for Sustainability playbook, providing ideas, examples and resources for health systems to complete a readiness assessment, and identify opportunities to increase visibility and impact of sustainability efforts. This event was organized by the Healthy Hospitals Working Group.

ICYMI: Climate-Conscious Inhaler Prescribing: Tackling Climate Change, One Pen Stroke at a Time: Wednesday, November 16, 12-1pm PT with speakers Val Stoynova and Celia Culley. By the end of the presentation, attendees will be able to discuss the impact of inhaler therapy on climate change, identify ways to change inhaler-prescribing practiced to provide climate-conscious care and recognize that “Green Care” is great care.

To support healthcare leaders in considering how to address global environmental challenges and important developments in the policy and practice environment, CASCADES, the Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care (CCGHC), and PEACH are collaborating with the Canadian College of Health Leaders (CCHL) to deliver a panel discussion on November 22 at 9am PT/12pm ET/1pm AT to review the challenges and opportunities facing health system leaders, discuss approaches to addressing emerging challenges, and introduce tools for strategy and action. Register here

Call for collaborators: Submit an Expression of Interest today!

Expressions of interest are now open and are due January 31, 2023.
Share your feedback on the quality and relevance of the resources, professional development courses, and networking opportunities we are creating. This survey should take approximately 4 minutes to complete.
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CASCADES is a multi-year capacity-building initiative to address healthcare’s contribution to the climate crisis led by the Centre for Sustainable Health Systems, in partnership with the Healthy Populations Institute at Dalhousie University, the Planetary Healthcare Lab at the University of British Columbia, and the Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care.

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