November 17, 2011

On November 8th, Dr. Robert Gould spoke at Northern California Kaiser Permanente’s Environmental Stewardship meeting, which was attended by Kaiser Northern California regional administrators, as well as numerous doctors and other health professionals active on local green teams in their hospitals. Dr. Gould presented at an afternoon break-out session, speaking on the predicted health consequences of global warming, and the related work of mitigating impacts of climate change in the health care setting, as illustrated by the work of the Climate Change Literacy Consortium and Healthier Foods in Health Care campaign led by the partnership including PSR and Health Care Without Harm (HCWH).  A representative working on developing Kaiser’s commitment to alternative energy spoke at the same session, and indicated that Kaiser will announce its new energy plan as a system-wide imperative in the coming days. The break-out session discussion included all of the creative endeavors that Kaiser is currently engaged in through its leading role in the Healthy Hospitals Initiative, within which SF Bay Area PSR/HCWH projects such as Food Matters play an important role. On November 9, Kaiser’s News Center feature story highlighted Kaiser’s great strides on these issues, including coverage of its creative partnerships with PSR, HCWH and UCSF’s Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment (PRHE) regarding sustainable food guidelines and initiatives.