Health Care Without Harm, one of Climate for Health's partners, aims to transform health care worldwide so that it reduces its environmental footprint, becomes a community anchor for sustainability and a leader in the global movement for environmental health and justice.
Gary Cohen, Co-founder, President, and Executive Director of Health Care Without Harm, is a member of Climate for Health’s leadership circle.
Health Care Without Harm recently released Do No Harm, a short film telling the inspiring story of a global movement away from environmental causes of public health problems. The film is a part of Health Care Without Harm's 20th anniversary celebration.
The movement started with a small group of doctors, nurses, and health care leaders, who realized that, in violation of the Hippocratic Oath to “first, do no harm”, some hospital practices were harming patients and the planet. This once small effort grew into an international movement advocating for change on the critical environmental health issues of our time. As we live and work within the reality of climate change in the 21st century, the voices of these concerned and active health professionals is growing even louder.
The short film touches upon health care’s journey to embrace a broader mission that protects the health of patients and the environment.
In the film, Aparna Bole, a pediatrician and health care leader, shares the journey of how this small group of caregivers sparked a new way of thinking about health care’s role in protecting the health of patients and the environment. Created by award-winning documentary filmmaker Nicole Newnham and supported by the Sundance Institute, Do No Harm is about everyone involved in the collective vision to improve the health care system environmentally.
We encourage you to share this film with your colleagues your community. Use it in your upcoming Grand Rounds and presentations. Post it on your website. Play it for your patients. Pass it along to your family and friends. Share the story.
In our fight against climate change, health care stands at a turning point in history and we can move to a tipping point. It's within our power and our reach.
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