Health care institutions and the communities they serve are intimately interconnected. At no time is this connection more critical than during and following extreme weather events: from heat waves to flooding, droughts to blizzards. Boston public policy makers and health care institutions are focusing on improving health care resilience to climate change impacts, with a particular emphasis on anchoring community resilience. Partners HealthCare and Health Care Without Harm are hosting this "by invitation” Summit on climate resilience to catalyze climate action plans for metro Boston health care service providers and allied stakeholders.
Date: Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Time: 7:30 am – 5:00 pm
Location: Assembly Rooms B&C (West Lobby), Partners HealthCare, 399 Revolution Drive, Somerville, MA 02145
Participation is by invitation only. If interested in attending, please contact Jessica Wolff at firstname.lastname@example.org or 413-210-6211.
The goal of the Summit is to raise awareness of what is needed to create a robust network of health care provision as an essential component of resilient cities. Findings will be presented in a white paper/report and this meeting will create a template for similar summits in other major cities.
Summit sponsorship support provided by the Barr Foundation.
- S. Atyia Martin, LP.D., MPS-HSL, CEM, Chief Resilience Officer for the City of Boston. Previously, Dr. Martin was the Director of the Office of Public Health Preparedness at the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC), and adjunct faculty at Northeastern University in the Master of Homeland Security program.
- John Balbus, MD, MPH, Senior Advisor for Public Health, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, National Institutes of Health. He serves as HHS principal to the U.S. Global Change Research Program, for which he also co-chairs the Interagency Cross-Cutting Group on Climate Change and Human Health.
- Paul Biddinger, MD, FACEP, Director of the Center for Disaster Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Medical Director for Emergency Preparedness at MGH and Partners Healthcare. Dr. Biddinger additionally serves as the Director of the Emergency Preparedness Research, Evaluation and Practice (EPREP) Program at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health.
- Robin Guenther, FAIA, LEED AP, Principal and Sustainable Healthcare Design Leader, Perkins+Will and Senior Advisor to Health Care Without Harm. Notable projects include leading the major expansion of the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford, and ongoing work with preeminent institutions such as Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
7:30 - 8:30 REGISTRATION
8:30 - 8:50 INTRODUCTION AND PURPOSE
8:50 - 10:20 SESSION ONE - BOSTON'S RESILIENCY INITIATIVES
- 100 Resilient Cities
- Climate Ready Boston
- Green Ribbon Commission
- Partners Resiliency Plan
10:40 - 12:10 SESSION TWO - LEARNING FROM NEW YORK
- Understanding Climate Risks
- Distributed Generation and Microgrids/Community scale microgrid
- NY Post-Sandy Case Study
12:10 - 1:30 LUNCH
12:40 - 1:00 LUNCH SPEAKER
1:10 - 1:30 SHOUT OUT SESSION
1:30 - 2:15 SESSION THREE - HEALTHCARE'S ROLE IN ANCHORING COMMUNITY HEALTH & RESILIENCE (Interactive)
- Critical Points of Community Resilience
- Healthcare / CHC Preparedness / Community interdependence
2:30 - 3:15 SESSION FOUR - REMOVING BARRIERS TO RESILIENT HEALTHCARE INFRASTRUCTURE (Interactive)
- Framing the Conversation
- Getting It Accomplished
3:30 - 4:30 DEVELOPING ACTION PLANS AND KEY QUESTIONS
- Brainstorm in Groups (World Café style)
4:30 - 5:00 CLOSING SESSION
- React, Inspire, Urgency
- Get Driving Directions
- Partners Shuttle Services and Schedule
- By MBTA
- The campus is convenient to the Orange Line, with the Assembly Station just a 2-minute walk away.
- Direct bus routes to Assembly Row: from Downtown Boston (Route 92) and Davis Square (Route 90). Routes to Sullivan Square from Davis Square (Route 89), Central Square (Route 91) and Medford (Route 101 + 95).
- The RIDE is available for persons with disabilities who need public transport.
- By Bicycle
- Designated bike lanes are along the main arteries to Assembly Row and throughout the neighborhood
- Parking is recommended at the Partners Assembly Row Garage ($1.00 per hour)