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Policy Dialogue - Nursing Leadership in Decarbonizing the US Health Sector


The Nursing Leadership in Decarbonizing the US Health Sector Policy Dialogue will be held virtually on January 20th, 2023 from 1:00 - 2:30 PM ET. Registration is open to Academy Fellows at no additional cost, students at $25, and non-members at $80. Nursing continuing professional development contact hours will be available for purchase at $25 (1.5 contact hours). Registration is required to attend and a recording will be available for registrants after the event. 

This policy dialogue will be hosted by the Expert Panel on Environmental & Public Health. The US health sector contributes 8.5% of the total greenhouse gasses produced by the US. These greenhouse gasses produce climate change which adversely impacts the health of individuals, especially vulnerable and economically challenged communities. In September 2021, the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) launched the Action Collaborative to Decarbonize the US Health Sector (National Academy of Medicine, 2021). In addition, at the most recent UN sponsored Congress of the Parties (COP 26), 50 nations pledged to develop climate-resilient and low-carbon health systems (World Health Organization, 2021). From making operational decisions about energy sources, food, and products to educating patients and advising policy makers, nurses play a key role in advancing decarbonization. This policy dialogue will briefly review the health and environmental impacts of climate change and the urgent need for action, introduce attendees to the sources of greenhouse gasses generated by the health sector (the three scopes of decarbonization), and promote dialogue about priority policy recommendations that nursing can champion and lead to expedite decarbonization (Dzau et al., 2021).

Policy Dialogue attendees will:

  1. Analyze the impact of the US health care sector’s contributions to greenhouse gas emissions including operations (scope 1), purchased energy (scope 2); and the supply chain of services and health care products (scope 3).
  2. Identify opportunities for nursing leadership in reducing carbon emissions generated by the health care sector.
  3. Recommend policies that nurses can lead to quickly advance decarbonization of the health sector in the four priority areas- health care supply chain, health care delivery, health professional education, and policy, financing, and metrics.

Nursing Continuing Professional Development
The American Academy of Nursing is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Contact hours are awarded by the American Academy of Nursing following the completion of the virtual event and the post-conference evaluation. There are no relevant financial relationships identified for any individual in a position to control the content of this activity.


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