Dr. Stephanie M. Chalupka, Worcester State University

Chalupka Co-Writes Article on Climate Change and Health for CHA Report

September 30, 2013
By: Worcester State University News

Stephanie Chalupka (Nursing) is a co-author of Climate Change and Health: Is there a Role for the Healthcare Sector published by the Catholic Health Association of the United States.

Dr. Chalupka’s work was funded through a grant by the Catholic Coalition on Climate Change and the National Religious Partnership for the Environment, and in collaboration with Health Care Without Harm.

Her co-authors were Laura Anderko, Ph.D., RN, Robert and Kathleen Scanlon Endowed Chair in Values Based Health Care, School of Nursing and Health Studies, Georgetown University,  and Brenda M. Afzal, MS, RN, who at the time of submission, was the U.S. Climate Policy Coordinator for Health Care Without Harm.

The Catholic Health Association of the United States is a national leadership organization of more than 1,200 Catholic health care sponsors, hospital systems, hospitals, and related organizations and services.

Chalupka also presented Climate Change and Public Health – what are we doing about it? Developing a Healthcare Agenda for Institutional and National Strategies as a pre-conference workshop at CleanMed 2013.  CleanMed is the premier conference on environmental sustainability for the health-care sector. The conference attracts leaders and key decision makers from across the industry, convening health care professionals, university researchers, and designers of professional buildings.

Her workshop examined the increasing scientific and medical consensus on the public health and operational consequences of climate change, including the spread of disease, vulnerability of food and shelter systems, increasing frequency of extreme weather events and the consequent social and economic disruption.

Through a series of interdisciplinary and collaborative work sessions, with equal emphasis on creative thinking and implementation, participants formulated mitigation and adaptation strategies for administration, clinical care, procurement, waste, buildings, energy and transportation.

Chalupka’s co-presenters were Tom Penny, ERM (National Health Service, UK) and Robin Guenther, FAIA, LEED AP, Perkins+Will, New York.

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