Climate Risk and Health Care Forum
Climate Risk: What it means for Oregon’s private and public health care sectors
This forum for professionals in all reaches of health care will cover a question essential to the future of the industry: How can we understand, reduce and mitigate the risks that a changing climate poses to health and health care delivery in Oregon?
Featured speakers include Jon Utech, Environmental Sustainability Director at Cleveland Clinic; Lillian Shirley, Oregon Public Health Division Director; and industry leaders from Oregon’s public and private health care sectors.
This forum is convened by Moda Health, Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon, Oregon Health Authority, Oregon Environmental Council, Physicians for Social Responsibility, American Lung Association Oregon chapter, and Health Care Without Harm.
The recently released National Climate Assessment details how unmitigated climate change will create increasing burdens on the health care sector. Exacerbated chronic health conditions, extreme weather disasters and new disease will increase service demand, even as providers face supply chain interruptions, infrastructure challenges and demands to contain costs.
National experts and local leaders will convene to discuss:
- Impact: What changes can we anticipate in patient health, community status and industry infrastructure?
- Preparedness: How prepared is the industry to adapt to change, and what investments are necessary to mitigate impacts?
- Leadership: How can health care leaders ensure that elected officials and decision-makers account for the health care industry in crafting climate change policy?