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{Past Event} - Connecting Climate and Health Co-benefits to Community Benefit Strategies

December 12, 2017 - 3:00 pm - December 12, 2017 - 4:00 pm -- Eastern Standard Time


Hospital community benefit programs can address health priorities while also providing climate co-benefits such as reducing greenhouse gas emissions that mitigate the health risks of a changing climate. The community health needs assessment (CHNA) process provides a unique opportunity for hospitals to align their environmental and community health goals for mutual benefit. Providence St. Joseph Health will present on its new community health needs assessment that integrates climate and environmental assessment practices and train caregivers throughout the health system.

This webinar will also review the new Practice Greenhealth toolkit that is designed to help environmental leads introduce a new framing of climate and health to their community benefit colleagues. It introduces tools and resources to help Community Benefit staff identify climate-related health risks in their communities, current projects that have climate co-benefits, and how to integrate climate and health into the Community Health Needs Assessment process.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the connections between climate and health, and why this is important to capture co-benefits within the community benefit process.
  • Learn from Providence St. Joseph about how they have set up a system-wide program and are already seeing results.
  • Identify tools to assess climate and health imapcts in CHNA processes and evaluate community benefits for climate co-benefits.


Dora Barilla, DrPH, MPH
Executive Leader, Community Investment, Providence Health & Services

Dora Barilla, DrPH, MPH, CHES is the Executive Leader, Community Investment for Providence Health and Services, President of HC2 Strategies, Senior Fellow for the Institute for Health Policy and Fellowship at Loma Linda University Health. She is the former Assistant Vice President for Strategy and Innovation at Loma Linda University Health and the founder and Chair for a not-for-profit organization, Partners for Better Health, promoting health initiatives in communities. Dora has spent last two decades putting healthcare plans in place that are strategic, effective, and yes, downright creative. Dora understands that a proactive health policy requires innovative thinking and action and nothing less will do. She is a dedicated individual who exemplifies an unrivaled commitment to community health outcomes.

Dr. Barilla has been a key thought leader and proven innovator who has spearheaded (or “created and driven”) strategic plans for known health systems. Looking at needs assessment, implementation, strategy, advisement, coalition building, systems and policy changes – the many spokes in today’s healthcare wheel - Dr. Barilla drives meaningful change we need in our ever-changing healthcare environment. She is a champion of health access, and actively engages the communities she serves using the power of the pen and voice. She is a prolific writer and in-demand speaker, which allow her to share her experiences in a more personal way.

Elizabeth Schenk, Ph.D., MHI, RN, BC,
Nurse Scientist, Providence Health & Services

Elizabeth Schenk, PhD, MHI, RN-BC is Providence-WSU Nurse Scientist, where she co-leads nursing research efforts for Providence St. Joseph Health, a large health system in the western US. She is an assistant research professor at the Washington State University College of Nursing. In addition, she is sustainability coordinator for Providence St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula, Montana, while also addressing environmental stewardship across the health system. As a nurse scientist, Beth’s primary research interest is in the environmental impacts of nursing practice. She developed the NEAT: Nurses Environmental Awareness Tool. Additional research experience is in the areas of reduction of harm in hospitalized patients and adoption of electronic medical records.

Beth is active in the Missoula community, serving as co-chair of the board of the Institute of Health and Humanities, and on the Executive Committee of Climate Smart Missoula. In addition, she serves on the national board of the Alliance of Nurses for Healthier Environments. When time, she likes to spend time with her beloveds (family, friends, and pets), garden, play hockey and music. 

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