Our second annual conference is coming to the Mansfield Center at SCLH in Billings on April 13, 2024. See you there!
- Health Decarbonization: Lessons from the OR with Brian Harrington, MD and Piotr Michalowski, MD
- Hospital Sustainability Discussion led by Beth Schenk, PhD, RN, FAAN
- Drought and Human Health with Jesse Bell, PhD
- Climate Health Communication Workshop with Ed Maibach, MD and Benjamin Fulgencio-Turner, MPP, CPH
- Environmental Health and Public Health panel with Valerie Stacey, Jenna Solomon, MS, and Lisa Beczkiewitz, RN
Dr. Jesse Bell is Director of the of Water, Climate and Health and the Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He created the first joint research position between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and was a lead author for the 2016 U.S. Global Change Research Program report “The Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States: A Scientific Assessment." The goal of his work is to understand these linkages between climate and health, so that we can help prepare our populations for climate- and weather-related disasters.
Benjamin Fulgencio-Turner, MPP, CPH is Director of Climate for Health and ecoAmerica. He leads the Climate for Health program, a national initiative to build climate leadership and action in the health sector, advancing solutions that protect personal and community health. Ben started his career as a community organizer in New Orleans, supporting neighborhood leaders and building power in communities recovering from Hurricane Katrina. He has studied and worked within systems of safety-net health care for over fourteen years, developing cross-sector partnerships to address root causes of health inequities. He received a BA from Tulane University and an MPP from Georgetown University.
Dr. Brian Harrington, a native Montanan, has always been surrounded and nurtured by our natural environment. His chosen specialty of anesthesia - now recognized as one of the most environmentally degrading in all of healthcare - presents tremendous challenges and opportunities. He’s practiced at the Billings Clinic for over 30 years. One of his primary areas of interest has been in bridging the gap between academic and private practice medicine. He serves on the Board of Directors of the American Society of Anesthesiologists.
Dr. Edward Maibach is a distinguished professor at George Mason University and Director of Mason’s Center for Climate Change Communication. Ed co-directs the Climate Change in the American Mind polling project, is principal investigator of Climate Matters, and helps direct the Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, holds a Beck Family Presidential Medal of Excellence in Research and Scholarship, and was awarded the Stephen H. Schneider Award for Outstanding Climate Science Communication (with Anthony Leiserowitz). In 2021, Ed was identified by Thompson Reuters as one of the world’s 10 most influential scientists working on climate change.
Dr. Piotr Michalowski is a cardiology anesthesiologist who has practiced medicine in eight countries, his most recent Doctors without Boarders trip being to Ukraine in 2022. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (FASA). He believes strongly in educating the next generation of anesthesiologists, and has served as an Assistant Professor for the Medical Academy of Warsaw, an Instructor for Harvard Medical School, and a Clinical Professor for the University of Washington, as well as Vice President for Education for Anesthesia Partners of Montana.
More speakers coming soon!