Climate Change & Greening Healthcare: Finding an Outlet for Change
Many are aware of the dangers posed by climate change
for both individual health and the health of society, but it's hard to know exactly what to do to affect change. In this panel, physicians across Oregon share ways they've found to start making an impact.
Stewart Decker, MD
Decker is a family physician who loves public health. He works with the
Oregon Academy of Family Physicians, the Sky Lakes Wellness Center, and
his local public health department to improve the health of his
community in the broadest sense possible. He believes that community
development, social norms, and systemic change to our healthcare system
are the only equitable solutions to a growing crisis of preventable
non-communicable diseases. He is currently pursuing a Masters in Public Health at Johns Hopkins University, is President of
the Oregon Academy of Family Medicine, and is serving as the Medical Director of the Sky Lakes Wellness Center.
Colin Cave, MD
Cave has been a practicing Otolaryngologist with Northwest Permanente
(NWP) since 1994. He is NWP's Medical Director of External Affairs,
Government Relations and Community Health. He oversees NWP's Corporate
Social Responsibility program and leads their B Corp efforts as the
first physician-owned medical group in the world to become a certified B
Corp. He authored Northwest Permanente’s Climate Action Plan and led
the development of NWP's Environmental Guidelines. He completed medical
school at the University of California, San Francisco, and his residency
at Stanford University. He has served as Chairman of the Board for NWP
and as president for the Oregon Medical Association, the Medical Society
of Metropolitan Portland, and the Oregon Academy of Otolaryngology. He
is currently a board member for Oregon for Climate Action and for
America's Physician Groups, and is an Alternate Delegate to the AMA.
Marianne Parshley, MD
Parshley currently practices internal medicine at Providence Medical
Group. She graduated from Dartmouth Medical School in Hanover, New
Hampshire and completed a three-year internal medicine residency at
Providence Portland Medical Center, spending an additional year there as
chief medical resident. Recently, she completed a graduate certificate
in palliative care at University of Washington. Dr. Parshley is a member
of the Executive Committee of the Oregon Medical Association, currently serves as a Regent of the American College of Physicians, is a
member of the AMA delegation, and is immediate past governor of the
Oregon Chapter of ACP. She advocates locally, regionally and nationally through various organizations.
Brian Chesebro, MD
Chesebro is the Medical Director of Environmental Stewardship for
Providence Health Services, and is an anesthesiologist with the Oregon
Anesthesiology Group. Through his work he promotes the use of
environmentally sustainable equipment in medical practices. He has previously
served as the chief medical officer for Oregon Anesthesiology Group and
the medical director of anesthesiology and perioperative quality. He
completed medical school at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine,
his residency at University of California San Francisco Medical Center,
and an internship at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center.
Erika Moseson, MD, MA
Moseson is a pulmonologist and intensivist with Legacy Medical Group.
She completed medical school at Cornell University, residency in
internal medicine at the University of California San Francisco, and
fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine at Oregon Health
& Science University. She is the past President of the Oregon
Thoracic Society, and serves on the board of the American Lung
Association of Oregon. She is one of the American Lung Association's Health Professionals for Clean Air and Climate Action, and serves on the Environmental Health Policy Committee of the American Thoracic Society. She runs AirHealthOurHealth.org
and hosts the Air Health Our Health
podcast to promote healthy air in general, and in particular to educate and advocate around the link between air pollution, climate change, equity and health.