Earth Day Environment Webinar
Climate Change: An Issue of Concern to the Church, Pope Francis and Catholic Health Care

"I would like to ask all those who have positions of responsibility in economic, political and social life, and all men and women of goodwill: let us be "protectors" of creation, protectors of God's plan inscribed in nature, protectors of one another and of the environment."

- Pope Francis

This one-hour webinar will underscore how climate change is a moral and public health issue that is of great concern to Catholic health ministry and of great import to Pope Francis. In the U.S. and around the world, persons who live in poverty most negatively experience the impact of climate change. Illnesses stemming from increased temperatures, decreased water quality, crop failures and other effects make this is an issue of importance to the health care ministry and the Catholic Church. Because health care is a major user of energy, health care organizations have an opportunity to reduce their carbon footprint and thereby impact climate change.

Join your colleagues from across Catholic health care for this webinar that will share the teachings of Pope Francis and scientific studies to renew out commitment to faithfully heal the earth.


After attending this session, participants will be able to:

  • Explain how climate change is a health and social problem, locally and globally
  • Express how Catholic social teaching calls us to address this problem and how Pope Francis has addressed this issue
  • Describe Catholic health care's role in addressing the problem


Feb. 18, 2015
Noon to 1 p.m. ET

Registration Fee

CHA members: Free!
Other registrants: $60

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Questions? Email CHA or call (800) 230-7823.



Who Should Attend

This webinar will be relevant for:

  • Environmental services staff
  • Mission leaders
  • Green team members
  • Clinicians and clinical leaders
  • Community benefit leaders


Laura Anderko, Ph.D., RN
Robert & Kathleen Scanlon Endowed Chair in Values Based Health Care
Georgetown University School of Nursing

As the Robert & Kathleen Scanlon Endowed Chair for Values Based Health Care, Dr. Anderko supports the integration of Georgetown University's School of Nursing and Health Studies' values of equity, respect for diversity, excellence, social justice and value of the common good into research, teaching, service and practice initiatives. She works in partnership with Georgetown's Center for Social Justice, the State and Federal Center for Climate Change at the Georgetown Law Center, the Georgetown University Medical Center and the O'Neill Institute for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention to conduct research and to develop population-based strategies to reduce health disparities and encourage health equity in underserved communities.

Dr. Anderko is a former member of the Environmental Protection Agency's Childrens Health Protection Advisory Committee (a federal advisory committee) and founding member of Alliance of Nurses for a Healthy Environment. She has spearheaded nursing education, practice, advocacy and research programs on children's environmental health, receiving the Charlotte Brody award for environmental advocacy in 2009. She has developed a number of environmental health nursing courses and professional development workshops, reaching over 800 nurses to date. In addition, she has worked in partnership with state and local health agencies such as the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program to screen for environmental toxins and conducted community-based participatory research to study the impact of environmental toxins on the growth and development of children.

Her work in environmental health has recently expanded to include the use of social media to more widely disseminate environmental health messages to the general public. In 2013, Dr. Anderko was honored by the White House with the Champions of Change Award in Climate Change and Public Health in 2013. This year, Dr. Anderko was awarded the Alumni of the Year Award for the College of Health and Human Services at Northern Illinois University and by Nurse.com for Advancing and Leading the Nursing Profession.

Dan DiLeo, MA
Project Manager, Catholic Climate Covenant*
Doctoral Student in Theological Ethics, Boston College

Dan DiLeo is project manager of the Catholic Climate Covenant and a doctoral student in theological ethics at Boston College. He is a former mission intern at CHA, and helped author CHA's Environmental Sustainability Getting Started Guide. Mr. DiLeo's current work focuses on Catholic social thought, political theology and climate change. He received his master of theological studies degree from Boston College and earned his bachelor of arts degree in sociology from Cornell University.


*The Catholic Climate Covenant supports and complements USCCB's Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development and the bishops' Environmental Justice Program. The Covenant is guided by the participation on our Steering Committee of top staff from fourteen national Catholic organizations.

CHA Member Benefit

CHA's webinars are designed to offer timely, convenient, relevant, cost-effective education about key topics and issues.

Certificate of Attendance

Please note: CHA does not offer Continuing Education Units (CEU) for any programs. Participants will receive an email with information on how to acquire a Certificate of Attendance following the program (typically included in the program evaluation email). Certificates of Attendance may be submitted to relevant organizations that accept proof of contact hours as credit. These include:

American College of Healthcare Executives: American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) members may self-report qualifying CEUs using the contact hour information provided on their CHA Certificate of Attendance. To self-report, log in as a member on the ACHE site; use the link on the left-hand side to self-report applicable contact hours for CEU credit.

NACC Board Certified Chaplains: National Association of Catholic Chaplains (NACC) board certified chaplain members may self-report their continuing education hours (CEH's) using the contact hours information provided on their CHA Certificate of Attendance.

For further information regarding Certificates of Attendance, please contact CHA's Programs and Learning Department at [email protected].

Participant/Site Coordinator Role

As a participant, you will receive dial-in instructions and webinar materials one week prior to the webinar via email. These materials will come to you from "CHA Service Center," so please watch for that email address. Be sure to have these materials ready the day of the webinar so that you can easily access the event and utilize the materials. If you have registered and are convening a group of participants, please consider yourself the "site coordinator" and review the following suggested recommendations for serving in that role on behalf of the group.

More information

Can't Participate in the Live Event?

If your schedule doesn't permit you to participate in the live event, please register (FREE for CHA members) and you will automatically receive a link to the archived version of the webinar.


For more information contact the CHA Service Center or Julie Trocchio, CHA senior director of community benefit and continuing care.