Environment Overview

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

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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Upcoming Events

09/13/18 Advancing Healthy Interiors in Health Care — Webinar for the Feast of St. Francis
Networking Call 09/19/18 Networking Call (2 p.m. ET, 1 p.m. CT, noon MT, 11 a.m. PT)
Networking Call 03/27/19 Networking Call (2 p.m. ET, 1 p.m. CT, noon MT, 11 a.m. PT)

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2018 Earth Day Resources

On April 22, the world celebrates Earth Day. To help those who serve in Catholic health ministry make meaning of the connection between the environment, our health and our ministry's commitment to faithfully heal the earth, CHA offers resources for your use. CHA is pleased to offer these three items: 

Earth Day Webinar
Climate Change, Catholics, and Health: CHA Environment Webinar for Earth Day 
Recorded April 13, 2018 - available for on-demand viewing for CHA members in the Online Learning section of the CHA website.

Additional Resources
Catholic Climate Covenant Earth Day 2018 Resources
Practice GreenHealth