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{Past Event} - Greening Operations Series: The Carbon Footprint of Healthcare: the University of Chicago Research Report

February 19, 2010 - 3:30 pm - February 19, 2010 - 3:30 pm -- Eastern Standard Time


There is both increasing interest and need to study the environmental impact of activities in the healthcare sector to build an evidence base for greening healthcare. In this webinar, learn how environmental input-output life cycle analysis can be used in conjunction with data healthcare expenditure and utilization data to answer questions about the environmental impact of healthcare. We will demonstrate the use of the Carnegie Mellon Green Design Institute Environmental Input-Output Life Cycle Analysis tool, and illustrate its use in our own research.


  • Become familiar with the concept of an environmental input-output analysis
  • Understand the difference between direct environmental effects and indirect environmental effects
  • Understand how to use the Carnegie Mellon University Green Design Institute Environmental Input-Output Life Cycle Analysis Tool to measure environmental impact of healthcare activities
  • Understand limitations of the environmental input-output analysis


Jeanette Chung, PhD, University of Chicago
Jeanette Chung, PhD is a Research Associate Assistant Professor in the Section of Hospital Medicine at the University of Chicago. Jeanette holds a doctorate in Sociology from the University of Chicago where her focus of study included organizations, health services research and social networks. She currently works on a number of collaborative projects investigating the effects of hospitalists on costs and long term outcomes of older patients, as well as studies examining the impact of social network structure on processes of care. She was previously a Senior Policy Analyst at the American Medical Association in the Division of Clinical Performance Evaluation, and a Visiting Assistant Researcher in Internal Medicine at the University of California at Los Angeles.

David Meltzer, MD, PhD, Harris School and the Department of Economics
David Meltzer, MD, PhD is an associate professor in the Department of Medicine and an associated faculty member in the Harris School and the Department of Economics. Meltzer’s research explores problems in health economics and public policy with a focus on the theoretical foundations of medical cost-effectiveness analysis and the determinants of the cost and quality of care, especially in teaching hospitals. Meltzer is currently completing a randomized trial comparing the use of doctors who specialize in inpatient care (“hospitalists”) with traditional physicians in six academic medical centers. Meltzer received his M.D. and Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago and completed his residency in internal medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. He is chief of the section of Hospital Medicine and director of the Center for Health and the Social Sciences at the University of Chicago and also co-director of the Program on Outcomes Research Training and the M.D./Ph.D. program in the social sciences. Meltzer is the recipient of numerous awards, including the National Institute of Health Medical Scientist Training Program Fellowship, the National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship in Economics, the University of Chicago Searle Fellowship, the Lee Lusted Prize of the Society for Medical Decision Making, the Health Care Research Award of the National Institute for Health Care Management, the Eugene Garfield Award from Research America, and the Robert Wood Johnson Generalist Physician Award. Meltzer is a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, elected member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation, and past president of the Society for Medical Decision Making.

Michael Morowitz, The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine

Webinar speakers have no financial or other interest in the sponsoring company and the sponsor has had no input into the content of the presentation.

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