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{Past Event} - How To Series: Choosing Safer Products and Chemicals in Health Care: Taking the First Steps

September 26, 2008 - 1:30 pm - September 26, 2008 - 1:30 pm -- Eastern Standard Time


Are you interested in a more comprehensive approach to selecting products that contain safer chemicals at your institution? Have you been hearing the words ‘chemicals policy’ and wondering what exactly that means? Have you been concerned about recent media reports about Bisphenol A in baby bottles or lead and other harmful chemicals showing up in everything from lipstick to children’s products? You’ll learn why there seems to be a new toxic product every month, and what health care institutions can do to respond. You’ll also learn about health care’s role in changing the way products are made! You’ll learn why a comprehensive approach necessary. The benefits to your institution from a comprehensive approach. How to take the first steps in implementing a chemicals policy. Implementation lessons learned.


Tracey Easthope, Ecology Center
Telephone: 734-663-2400
Tracey Easthope directs the Ecology Center’s Environmental Health Project and helps lead the Michigan Network for Children’s Environmental Health. She is a founding member of the international Health Care Without Harm campaign, and chairs the campaign’s chemicals policy work and currently serves as co-chair of the Safer Materials workgroup. She also directs the Center’s chemical industry initiatives. She organized the Ecology Center’s collaborative pollution prevention initiative with the Michigan Health and Hospital Association Healthy Hospitals Committee. She served on the national Hospitals for a Healthy Environment Committee of the AHA and EPA. She holds a Masters’ degree in Public Health from the University of Michigan.

Lara Sutherland, Practice Greenhealth
Telephone: 866-598-2210
Lara Sutherland is Director of Environmental Purchasing consulting for Practice GreenHealth, a membership organization dedicated solely to providing a full range of tools, resources, technical assistance and networking opportunities to engage all members of the healthcare sector in creating sustainable environments. Through the Environmental Purchasing program, Ms. Sutherland helps health care organizations implement their environmental values through their purchasing and contracting activities. Over the last 10 years she has helped numerous private and public organizations find, purchase, evaluate, and use environmentally preferable products through her work at Health Care Without Harm, at the Purchasing for Pollution Prevention project at INFORM, and the Massachusetts State Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Program. Her previous experience includes co-chairing the Purchasing Workgroup for Health Care Without Harm, editing the short-lived Healthcare Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Information Exchange Bulletin, and providing direct pollution prevention assistance to various medical facilities. Previously, she worked as a biomedical research assistant at Harvard University Medical School and as an analytical chemist at the Massachusetts Pesticide Analysis Laboratory. She earned her bachelors degree in biochemistry from Amherst College.

Rachelle Reyes Wenger, MPA I, Catholic Healthcare West
Telephone: 626-744-2209
Ms. Wenger is the Director of Public Policy and Community Advocacy for Catholic Healthcare West (CHW). CHW, comprised of 42 hospitals including nine trauma centers and 45 clinics, provides healthcare services to a population of over 22 million people in various communities throughout California, Arizona, and Nevada. CHW employs over 50,000 people, and collaborates with nearly 8,500 active physicians to serve the tri-state area. In 2006, CHW provided $465 million in community benefit, and over $73 million in below-market interest rate loans as well as $22 million in grants to nonprofit organizations that are working to improve the health and quality of life in their communities. As one of the largest not-for-profit health care system in the nation and the first healthcare organization to endorse the CERES Principles for environmental protection and conservation, CHW is committed to exercising responsible stewardship of the environment and partnering with others to advance ecological initiatives. To this end, Ms. Wenger is primarily responsible for public policy and grassroots advocacy efforts critical to advancing CHW’s mission. She manages, among other issues, key social and eco-justice policy issues, such as access to care, community and environmental health. Ms. Wenger has been actively involved in advocating for the development of comprehensive chemical policy. She leads systemwide efforts to mobilize hospital-based CHW’s Policy Advocacy Liaisons to work with elected officials as well as community partners in support of CHW’s policy positions. Ms. Wenger has developed strong collaborations and partnerships at the local, state and national arenas to seek and build common ground. She holds a bachelors degree in Philosophy from the University of California, Berkeley, and a masters degree in Public Administration from the California State University, Northridge.

Dr. Mark Rossi, Director, Clean Production Action
Dr. Mark Rossi is the Research Director for Clean Production Action,an environmental group that promotes the development and use of green chemicals, sustainable materials, and environmentally preferable products. Dr. Rossi is the co-author of two tools: the Green for Safer Chemicals and the Plastics Scorecard that help organizations in their chemical and material selections. His current projects include: researching the availability of more environmentally preferable plastics for electronic enclosures; chairing the Business-NGO Working Group, a collaboration of over 30 businesses and 20 environmental groups working to green the chemical and material components of products; working with Health Care Without Harm and the Global Health and Safety Initiative to implement environmentally preferable purchasing in hospitals; and promoting the development and use of sustainable bioplastics though the Sustainable Biomaterials Collaborative (which he co-chairs). Dr. Rossi also serves on the Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Act Advisory Committee and is a Research Fellow at the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production. His doctorate is in environmental policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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