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Health Care Without Harm seeks to transform health care worldwide so that it reduces its environmental impact, becomes a community anchor for sustainability, and a leader in the global movement for environmental health and justice.

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A plastic predicament: Rethinking health care’s environmental & health impacts

Insights from Dr. Hilary Ong, assistant professor of pediatric emergency medicine, University of California San Francisco.

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Syringes. Photo credit (alexroma/Pixabay)

Hospitals in 17 countries tackle decarbonization & resilience: 38 case studies

Health care organizations from 17 countries share how they dramatically reduce GHG while prioritizing patient care, health equity, and resilience.

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Waste management at George Hospital

Announcing the 2023 Health Care Culinary Contest winner

Join us in celebrating the grand prize winner: Mayo Clinic’s three sisters blue zone tacos by Chef Michael Millben.

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Chef Millben_2024 Culinary Contest winner

Honoring our own: Thresa Pattee, Health Care Without Harm’s 2024 Environmental Health Hero

Thresa Pattee, our beloved colleague and friend is the posthumous recipient of our 2024 Environmental Health Hero Award.

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2024 Environmental Health Hero Award, Thresa Pattee

Michael Collins honored with 2024 Charlotte Brody Award for environmental nursing leadership

Collins is a leader in educating nurses on the intersection of climate and health and advocating against its effects on patients.

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Michael Collins (left) receives the Charlotte Brody Award from Jeremiah Headen, U.S. climate and health campaigner with Health Care Without Harm at the 2024 CleanMed conference in Salt Lake City on May 21, 2024

Citing climate crisis’ risk to public health and industry, health care providers reaffirm responsible business practices

Five major health care systems commit to business practices that take into account public health and financial risks of the climate crisis.

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Health and business leaders meet (Stock photo)

Our objectives

Mitigation

Transform the health sector to mitigate the climate crisis and its impacts on human health and accelerate the broader transition to a clean energy economy.

Resilience

Ensure health systems are resilient to climate impacts and actively supporting community climate resilience as anchor institutions.

Equity

Lead the health sector in reducing social disparities intersecting with climate mitigation and resilience, and amplify the voices of the most impacted communities.


Our strategies

Lead advocacy and shape critical policy

We leverage demonstrated successes and compelling campaigns to push for public policy changes and then use these changes to accelerate tangible impact on the ground.

Expand and mobilize our powerful global network

We strengthen our network's role as advocates for climate-smart health care to build climate mitigation and resilience into their operations and throughout the communities they serve.

Transform supply chains and procurement practices

We mitigate the health care sector's adverse impact on climate, environment, and health by transforming procurement practices and supply chains and advancing a circular economy.

Deepen place-based partnerships between health care and communities

We will facilitate partnerships among community-based organizations and health systems to build replicable models for collaborative action that advances climate mitigation, resilience, and equity.