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Global Health Symposium Schedule

2024 Global Health Symposium

As humans living on this planet, our fate is intimately tied to our environment. As such, we are entering the age of “Planetary Health,” understanding how the health of human civilization depends on natural systems and finding ways through science, advocacy, public health and personal health to survive and thrive in spite of climate changes. 

Our speakers this week will help us better understand the many ways that climate change can affect health and how these changes affect our most vulnerable communities and patients. We will learn about how we as scientists and care providers can work towards minimizing the impact of climate change as well as advocating for policies that preserve and enhance planetary health.

CE credit will be available

All sessions will be held from noon - 1 p.m.

March 25
AAC 539

In Person

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Climate Change in Our Backyard: A Global Challenge Impacting Health at the Local Level

Elena Grossman, MPH
Community Benefits Program Manager at GTI Energy

March 26
AAC 540

In Person

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Climate Change Impacts on Human Health in Vulnerable Communities

Amruta Nori-Sarma, PhD, MPH
Assistant Professor, Boston University School of Public Health Department of Environmental Health

March 27
Remote Session

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Climate Change - an Ecological and Global Health Equity Crisis

Gaurab Basu, MD, MPH
Director of Education and Policy, Harvard Chan C-CHANGE
Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School

March 28
AAC 539

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A Prescription for Climate Awareness: Effective Communication Strategies for Health Professionals

Heide Cygan, DNP, RN, PHNA-BC
Associate Professor, Department of Community, Systems and Mental Health, Rush College of Nursing


Learning Objectives

  • Explain the effects of climate change on global natural disasters and their negative impact on mortality, health and wellness.
  • List environmental factors caused by climate change on specific health conditions.
  • Outline mitigation effort to reduce climate change through investigation, advocacy and direct care delivery.

Interprofessional Continuing Education - Rush Accreditation

Accreditation Statement:

In support of improving patient care, Rush University Medical Center is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Credit Designation Statements

For Medicine: Rush University Medical Center designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the learner to earn credit toward the CME of the American Board of Surgery’s Continuous Certification program. It is the CME activity provider’s responsibility to submit learner completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABS credit. For Nursing: Rush University Medical Center designates this knowledge-based live activity for a maximum of 1.00 nursing contact hour(s).

For physical therapy or occupational therapy:

Rush University Medical Center is an approved provider for physical therapy (216.000378) and occupational therapy (224.000220) by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation. Rush University Medical Center designates this live activity for 1.00 continuing education credits.

To claim Continuing Education Credit, attendees must:

  • Attend the entire session;
  • Evaluate and Generate a certificate according to the instructions.


Unapproved Uses of Drugs/Devices: In accordance with requirements of the FDA, the audience is advised that information presented in this continuing medical education activity may contain references to unlabeled or unapproved uses of drugs or devices. Please refer to the FDA approved package insert for each drug/device for full prescribing/utilization information.

It is the policy of Rush University Medical Center and the Office of Interprofessional Continuing Education to ensure that its CE activities are independent, free of commercial bias and beyond the control of persons or organizations with an economic interest in influencing the content of CE. All individuals in control of educational content must disclose all financial relationships with ineligible companies in the past 24 months. An ineligible company is an entity whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients. All conflicts of interest, including potential ones, for individuals in control of educational content are mitigated prior to the planning, implementation, or evaluation of the continuing education activity.

The IPCE identifies the presence or absence of relevant financial relationships for all individuals in control of content including but not limited to planning committee members, course directors, invited presenters/authors, and staff through a standardized disclosure form. If a financial relationship is identified for the person in control of content, conflict mitigation strategies will be used to mitigate the financial relationship before they assume their role.

Individuals in control of content for this activity have the following relevant financial relationships to disclose and all financial relationships have been mitigated.

All individuals in control of content have no relevant financial disclosures.