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Upcoming Sigma & ANHE Webinar Series: A Global Movement for Health – Nursing Leadership on Climate Change

Upcoming Sigma & ANHE Webinar Series: A Global Movement for Health – Nursing Leadership on Climate Change

Join the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing for a 3-part webinar series on climate change and health starting February 4th, 2020. This series will feature nurse speakers from around the world as they share opportunities for nursing engagement and action to address the climate crisis.

Webinar One – Nursing in a Changing Climate: A Call to Action 

Date/Time: February 4th 4-5 pm ET
Description: Changing climate patterns are occurring globally at unprecedented rates with significant impacts to health, such as heat-related illnesses, water and food insecurity, vector-borne illnesses, and respiratory disease. Additionally, with increased intensity of extreme weather disasters, such as hurricanes, wildfires, droughts, and flooding, the impacts of climate change on public health are apparent. Those in the health sector are seeing the challenges facing populations as a result of current and projected climate threats, and health professionals around the world are calling for action to protect against climate risks. Action to reduce climate change can significantly improve health, with policies that move us towards global climate goals having demonstrable health benefits. On this webinar speakers will provide a brief overview of how climate change impacts human health globally, the strategies and solutions to address climate change, and how nurses and nursing organizations can lead in moving forward just and equitable climate solutions.


  • Moderated by: Liz Madigan, PhD, RN, FAAN, Chief Executive Officer of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (Sigma)
  • Barbara Sattler, RN, DrPH, FAAN, Professor in Public Health at the University of San Francisco
  • Fiona Armstrong, BN, GradDipJourn, MPPP, Founder and Executive Director of the Climate and Health Alliance
  • Katie Huffling, MS, RN, CNM, FAAN, Executive Director of the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments
Register here.

Webinar Two – Health Sector Solutions to Address Climate Change

Date/Time: February 18th 4-5 pm ET

Description: The health sector is a major contributor to climate change, with health care’s climate footprint equal to about 4.4% of global net greenhouse gas emissions. Hospitals, health care systems, health organizations, and public health departments can lead by example by implementing climate-smart health care solutions, reducing their carbon footprint, and building health sector and community resilience to the impacts of climate change. On this webinar speakers will provide an overview of how the health sector contributes to climate change and showcase initiatives being instituted by health systems and health organizations to reduce climate pollution. Speakers will additionally share how health infrastructure can be strengthened to build community resilience and improve preparedness and response to climate-related health risks.


  • Moderated by: Anabell Castro Thompson, MSN, APRN, ANP-C, FAAN, Nurse Practitioner and Senior Vice President of Health Equity at Equality Health
  • Debbie Wilson, BSc (Hons), Sustainability Manger, Middlemore Hospital, Auckland, New Zealand
  • Kristine Qureshi, PhD, RN, FAAN, CEN, PHNA-BC, Associate Dean of Research and Global Health, PhD Program Director & Professor, University of Hawaii at Manoa
  • Jessica Madrid, BScN, MSc, President, Canadian Association of Nurses for the Environment

Register here.

Webinar Three – Exemplars of Nursing Leadership on Climate Change

Date/Time: March 3rd 4 – 5 pm ET
Description: Across the nursing professions, nurses are taking up the mantle to lead in addressing climate change. Nurses are in key positions to lead the profession and are key collaborators with other health professionals to address climate change. On this webinar, hear from nurse leaders as they share examples of how nurses can lead within their nursing practice to address climate change and how they are inspiring others to take action.
  • Moderated by: Teddie Potter, PhD, RN, FAAN, Director of Planetary Health, School of Nursing and Clinical Professor, Population Health and Systems Cooperative at the University of Minnesota
  • Ruth McDermott-Levy, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN, Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Global & Public Health at Villanova University
  • Lisa M. Thompson RN, FNP-BC, MS, PhD, FAA, Associate Professor in the School of Nursing at Emory University
  • Doriam Camacho Rodríguez, RN, MBA, PhD, Dean Faculty of Nursing at the Cooperative University of Colombia

Register here