Members of HPHC are working closely with the Twin Cities Medical Society Environmental Health Task Force on a number of projects including an Environmental Health column in each issue of MetroDocs, as well as the release of a recent letter to each member of the Minnesota Congressional Delegation regarding EPA cutbacks and threats to the Clean Power Plan.
Leading the Way to Green Healthcare
As part of her doctoral work, Shanda Lembeck (HPHC) partnered with local nurse practitioner-led clinic and Hennepin County to develop the knowledge and leadership capabilities to launch an environmental culture change in healthcare.
On Earth Day 2016, The U of MN School of Nursing hosted an interprofessional panel to begin the conversation about the culture shift that will be required to address climate change from the framework of hope rather than despair.
For two consecutive U of MN School of Nursing graduations, the entire graduating classes wore green ribbons supported by HPHC which read the following pledge:
"As a health professional, I pledge to take action on climate change by promoting sustainable healthcare, clean energy, and other efforts to protect the environment in order to improve the health of the communities I serve and the Earth we inhabit."