Environmental Responsibility Resources

2017 Feast of St. Francis Resources

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).

May-June 2016 Issue of Health Progress

Caring for Creation: Health Care and the Environment


Centers for Disease Control Healthy Hospital Environment Tool Kit

In light of the growing burden of preventable chronic diseases, such as obesity, heart disease, and diabetes, hospital leadership and champions can promote the health of employees, patients, and communities by considering policies and practices that ensure that the healthier choice is the easier choice. This tool kit provides guidance to hospital nutritionists, human resources and employee health staff, and others who wish to promote and support healthy food, beverage, and physical activity options in hospitals.

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Three educational and inspirational video reflections and companion resources highlighting the themes of Laudato Si'

Everything is Connected

As Pope Francis wrote in Laudato Si’, St. Francis of Assisi saw all creation as part of one family of God. Whether Christian, Jew or Muslim, whether human, beast, plant or element—all creatures were brothers and sisters to him and all are loved by God. In this brief video, Pope Francis’ basic message – that EVERYTHING is connected, is highlighted.
Watch the video, with Pope Francis’ Prayer for Care of Creation at the end (approx. 6 minutes)
Watch the video minus the closing prayer (less than 4 minutes)

Addressing Climate Change

In Laudato Si’, Pope Francis makes a moral and scientific argument for recognizing and taking action on climate change. This video highlights portions of his case while also highlighting Catholic health care’s response to reduce our contribution to the problem of climate change.
Watch the video, with Pope Francis’ Prayer for Care of Creation at the end (approx. 6 minutes)
Watch the video minus the closing prayer  (less than 4 minutes)

Less is More

Pope Francis has often used the term “throwaway culture” to refer to humanity’s wasteful practices and poor management of our natural resources. In this video, better management of shared natural resources is highlighted, and specifically, water resources.
Watch the video, with Pope Francis’ Prayer for Care of Creation at the end (approx. 6 minutes)
Watch the video minus the closing prayer (less than 4 minutes)

Companion Resources

Connecting Health Care With Public & Environmental Health

Connecting Health Care With Public & Environmental HealthWith our members, CHA is working to raise the issue of environmental stewardship as a mission–based clinical and public policy imperative. We act as responsible stewards of God's creation as we respond as a ministry to building healthier communities. This 20-page booklet, "Connecting Health Care With Public and Environmental Health," contains an article by Ted Schettler, MD, MPH, science director of the Science and Environmental Health Network (SEHN). Dr. Schettler has worked extensively with community groups and non-governmental organizations throughout the U.S. and internationally, addressing many aspects of human health and the environment. He has served on advisory committees of the U.S. EPA and National Academy of Sciences. The booklet is part of CHA's ongoing commitment to provide resources to Catholic health care as we collectively work to protect the environment, minimize environmental hazards and reduce our contribution to the problem of climate change. As a ministry, we care for those who are harmed by the environment, strive for internal practices to ensure environmental safety and advocate public policies and private actions that bring solutions.

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Healing Communities and the Environment: Opportunities for Community Benefit Programs

Healing Communities and the Environment

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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General Environmental Stewardship - Additional Documents

Environmental Sustainability Getting Started Guide

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