President and Co-Founder, Health Care Without Harm and Practice Greenhealth
Gary Cohen has been a pioneer in the environmental health movement for thirty years. He has helped build coalitions and networks globally to address the environmental health impacts related to toxic chemical exposure and climate change. Gary is Co-Founder and President of Health Care Without Harm and Practice Greenhealth. Both organizations were created to help transform the health care sector to be environmentally sustainable and anchor institutions to support environmental health in the communities they serve. Gary is a member of the International Advisory Board of the Sambhavna Clinic in Bhopal, India, which has been working for over 25 years to heal people affected by the Bhopal gas tragedy and to fight for environmental cleanup in Bhopal. He is also on the Board of the American Sustainable Business Council, Coming Clean, and Health Leads. In 2013, he was awarded the Champion of Change Award for Climate Change and Public Health by the White House. In 2015, Cohen was named a MacArthur Fellow and was a recipient of a “genius” grant from the MacArthur Foundation.
As health care institutions move upstream to address the social and environmental conditions that impact health, they need to develop equitable partnerships with community based organizations that already have community buy in and solutions that need to be raised up and supported. This session will highlight two community based organizations that have developed powerful models […]