The Catholic health ministry serves our communities by healing the sick, serving the poor and vulnerable and leading by example. Inspired by our faith and values, the Catholic health ministry has formed a partnership with sponsors, systems, facilities and with experts in environmental responsibility to reduce the environmental burden of the health care we provide.
We are committed:
As health professionals, to "first, do no harm."
- As Catholic ministries, to care for the sick and vulnerable, the unborn and all of creation.
- As neighbors, to act in the best interest of our communities.
Healing Communities and the Environment: Opportunities for Community Benefit Programs
This document, published as a discussion draft in Spring 2012, encourages and informs health care organization leaders about ways to engage their organization and communities served around improving community health through environmental improvements. While environmental factors include the physical, social and economic environment in which we live, work and raise families, this document focuses on the physical environment, including the quality of our air, water, food and facility and public energy and chemical polices.
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