Environment Overview

Faithfully Healing the EarthThe 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.

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.

2017 Earth Day Resources:

2016 Earth Day Resources:

  • Video: That All May Flourish – A Meditation for Earth Day. This video (3:08) includes vivid photos and a moving meditative text that will walk viewers through a reflection on our call to be good stewards of God’s creation.
  • Prayer. This hardcopy prayer is a companion piece to the video, That All May Flourish.
  • Video: A Reflection on Earth Day. This video (1:34) includes captivating moving imagery of nature interspersed with three timely quotes of Pope Francis from his U.S. and recent Mexico visits.
  • Earth Day Reflection Card. Quoting Pope Francis, this card provides an inspiring image as well as a prayer on the backside. It is available for order from CHA. (The card is no cost and includes complimentary shipping).

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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May-June 2016 Health Progress

May-June 2016 Issue of Health Progress

Caring for Creation: Health Care and the Environment


Upcoming Events

Networking Call 08/30/17 Networking Call (2 p.m. ET, 1 p.m. CT, noon MT, 11 a.m. PT)
09/12/17 Integrating Environment and Climate Risk in Community Benefit Strategies
Networking Call 03/07/18 Networking Call (2 p.m. ET, 1 p.m. CT, noon MT, 11 a.m. PT)

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Encyclical Prayer Cards

These 5 x 7 cards each highlight a different quote from Pope Francis’ encyclical, and then have a prayer from the encyclical on the back side. Useful as a resource to open a meeting as well as something you can share in break rooms and at staff gathering areas, they are available for order in hardcopy. There are three different cards available.

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Encyclical Prayer Card Flowers
Encyclical Prayer Card Flowers
Encyclical Card Mother & Child
Encyclical Card Mother & Child Back
Encyclical Prayer Card
Encyclical Prayer Card - Back

APHA Webinar

Environmental Health and Community Health Benefits: Moving Upstream to Prevent Harm (May 27, 2014)

During a May webinar offered by the American Public Health Association, CHA's Julie Trocchio, senior director for community benefit and continuing care, dispelled myths, highlighted opportunities and shared some initial lessons learned in the first round of Community Health Needs Assessments completed by Catholic Health Association hospitals. Part of the Affordable Care Act, these assessments provide new opportunities for the public health community and clinical care community to collaborate for improved environmental health outcomes.

2017 Feast of St. Francis Resources