Harlem’s Peggy Shepard To Talk About Environmental Health Inequities And The Climate Crisis

February 16, 2024

Harlem’s Peggy Shepard Co-founder & Executive Director, WE ACT, will be highlighted as one of the esteemed speakers at the “Designing Health Systems Resilience” panel.

This full-day symposium, to be held at the New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM), aims to confront the pressing challenges confronting healthcare and public health systems in the aftermath of COVID-19 and the escalating climate crisis.

Scheduled for February 26, 2024, at NYAM, this symposium will delve into the urgent issues facing healthcare and public health systems in light of COVID-19 and the escalating climate crisis.

“… a rallying call to reimagine …”

The session serves as a rallying call to reimagine health collaboratively, focusing on bolstering systems, workforce, and communities.

Among the distinguished speakers are Jonathan B. Perlin, President & CEO, of The Joint Commission, Liz Grant, Director, Global Health Academy at the University of Edinburgh, Ashwin Vasan, Commissioner, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Rohit T. “Rit” Aggarwala, Chief Climate Officer & Commissioner, NYC Department of Environmental Protection, Vivian S. Lee, Executive Fellow, Harvard Business School, Jodi Sherman, Co-director, Lancet Commission on Sustainable Healthcare, Peggy Shepard, Co-founder & Executive Director, WE ACT for Environmental Justice and Ann Kurth, President, The New York Academy of Medicine.

Topics to be explored include best practices for healthcare and public health system adaptation, empowering next-generation changemakers, the role of community advocacy in shaping equitable health policies, and the importance of resilience data and tracking.

This symposium marks the beginning of an essential collaborative effort aimed at building a community of practice focused on health system resilience.

Together, participants will lay the groundwork for a Program for Health System Resilience that can serve as a model in New York and beyond.

“… addressing landmark issues and fostering collaborations …”

NYAM, with its legacy of innovative public health initiatives, has a history of addressing landmark issues and fostering collaborations for health equity.

By extending this tradition to tackle climate change and its impact on health equity, NYAM continues its commitment to driving actionable policies and practices in the field of public health.

Photo credit: HWM.

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