Integrating Environment and Climate Risk in Community Benefit Strategies

Sept. 12, 2017
3-4 p.m. ET

Hospital community benefit programs can address health priorities while also impacting the environment, including reducing greenhouse gas emissions that mitigate the health risks of a changing climate.

This session will describe new tools and strategies for identifying and responding to environmental and climate exposures within community benefit programs.  It will feature a leading Catholic health system, Providence St. Joseph, which is piloting a new community health needs assessment process that integrates climate and environmental assessment practices, creating strategies to identify health practices with climate co-benefits, and cross training caregivers throughout its system.

Who should attend?

This webinar will be relevant for leaders in the following areas:
  • Advocacy leaders
  • Environmental services staff
  • Mission leaders
  • Green team leaders
  • Clinicians and clinical leaders
  • Community benefit leaders

After completion of the webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the rationale and strategies driving large health systems to address environmental stewardship.
  • Describe how a health system works with community resources to improve health based on environmental risks.
  • Identify tools to assess environmental and climate risks in CHNA processes and evaluate community benefits for climate co-benefits.


Sept. 12, 2017
3-4 p.m. ET

Registration Fee:

CHA Members: Free
Non-member: $25

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Dora Barilla, DrPH, MPH
Executive Leader, Community Investment
Providence Health & Services

Dr. Barilla is the executive leader, community investment for Providence Health and Services, president of HC2 Strategies, senior fellow for the Institute for Health Policy and Fellowship at Loma Linda University Health. She is the former assistant vice president for strategy and innovation at Loma Linda University Health and the founder and chair for a not-for-profit organization, Partners for Better Health, promoting health initiatives in communities. Dr. Barilla has spent last two decades putting health care plans in place that are strategic, effective, and yes, downright creative. She understands that a proactive health policy requires innovative thinking and action. She is a dedicated individual who exemplifies an unrivaled commitment to community health outcomes.


Elizabeth Schenk, Ph.D., MHI, RN, BC, 
Nurse Scientist
Providence Health & Services

Elizabeth Schenk, PhD, MHI, RN-BC is Providence-WSU nurse scientist and sustainability coordinator at Providence St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula, Montana. In addition, she is assistant research professor in nursing at Washington State University in Spokane. Dr. Schenk co-leads nursing research efforts at St. Pat's, and also across Providence St. Joseph Health, working with nursing leaders at 50 hospitals.

In addition, Dr. Schenk leads efforts for environmental stewardship at St. Patrick, and has worked with ministries across the system to reduce environmental impacts for the past 10 years.  She co-leads ACES (Action Collaborative for Environmental Stewardship) across Providence St. Joseph. In her academic work, she developed the "Nurses Environmental Awareness Tool" which has been used in multiple states and several countries to assess awareness of the environmental impacts of hospital-based healthcare. Dr. Schenk serves on the national board of the Alliance of Nurses for a Healthier Environment, and several local boards.


Ellen R. Tohn
Tohn Environmental

Ellen R. Tohn is an environmental and health consultant with over 20 years of experience. She is the founder and principal of Tohn Environmental Strategies and a nationally recognized expert in housing based environmental health threats, healthy housing and indoor air quality and lead poisoning prevention. Ms. Tohn also has extensive sector experience working on clean air, solid and hazardous waste, toxic substances and comparative risk. Ms. Tohn works with housing developers, property owners, managers and architects to create green and healthy housing. She has assisted national/regional and local health advocates catalyze effective and lasting policy solutions; contributed to numerous Federal and state guidance documents; developed Federal and local healthy housing and lead training courses; and designed and managed environmental health research studies resulting in peer-reviewed publications and influencing Federal regulatory actions. She recently directed a project to develop Guidance for EPA's Energy Star Indoor Air Quality Specifications and serves as an advisor on indoor air quality issues to the US Green Building Council's LEED for Homes standards setting process and numerous other green building programs.

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 Danette Thompson, (314) 253-3408.

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More information

Can't Participate in the Live Event?

If your schedule doesn't permit you to participate in the live event and are interested in the program, we encourage you to register as you will automatically receive a link to the archived version of the webinar. The archived version will allow you to the webinar when your schedule permits.


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