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What is a virtual cohort?

Virtual cohorts are groups of sustainability and health care professionals of Practice Greenhealth hospital and health system partners (and invited guests) meeting to learn from peers and experts in the field, develop new strategies to overcome barriers and challenges to implementing sustainability initiatives, and grow their network with new connections to leaders and innovators. 

Virtual cohorts are reserved for hospital and health system partners, for all other affiliate, allied and academic partners, please view industry partner opportunities.  

How does it work?

Cohorts meet virtually with a Practice Greenhealth facilitator for recurring sessions of perspective, peer engagement, and progress.

“Calls are very informative and cover topics in my area of expertise. We’re just launching an initiative and I’m looking to learn as much as I can on how to successfully implement the changes.”

– GOR cohort participant

How does it help me?

Learn through a proven process

Benefit from the success and experience of other sustainability or health care professionals that have gained leadership’s support, provide step-by-step implementation advice, and access resources and tools to help you along the way.

Gain clarity, avoid blind spots.

Get unstuck. Craft a clear plan for your next sustainability initiative. Glean feedback and insights from a cohort of like-minded peers and experts in the field.

Get connected

Build relationships with other professionals who have experienced similar issues, barriers, or obstacles and overcome them through innovation and perseverance.

“I join for connections with others who have similar challenges implementing sustainability into their systems and communities. And to learn, grow, share, and do it in a safe place.”

– Great Lakes cohort participant

How do I get started?

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Select a cohort Register Get going

Choose from several types of cohorts listed below focused on sustainability impacts, similar facility types, or geographically-focused experiences.

Start by filling out this form and setting up a brief orientation and selection call with one of our sustainability specialists.

Meet your cohort and learn from your peers and other experts in the field.

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Current Cohorts

Sessions take place on a recurring basis using Zoom as the meeting platform. To join a cohort, please register today. If you have discussion topic ideas or want to invite a peer, please contact the cohort facilitator. 

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Children's hospitals

As the pediatric population is particularly vulnerable to certain environmental risks, children’s hospitals from across the U.S. meet quarterly to network and advance programming that protects children from environmental health hazards while promoting healthier environments. 

Facilitator:
Kate Gottlieb
kgottlieb@practicegreenhealth.org

2021 Schedule

January 27, 2021 2:00 PM EST 
Topic:  Food insecurity and children’s health 
Guest:  Reuben Gregory (Child Health Advocacy Institute, Children’s Hospital Colorado)

April 14, 2021 2:00 PM EST
Topic: Resilience and Flexibility in Pediatric Healthcare Design
Guest: Brian Zabloudil (HDR)

July 14, 2021 2:00 PM EST
Topic: Energy and water conservation tips & DEHP/PVC free IVF bag conversion and cost savings 
Guest: Chris Roman (UC San Diego Health) and Colleen Groll (Seattle Children’s)

October 14, 2021 2:00 PM EST
Topic:  Children’s Health, Climate Change, and Social Justice
Guest: Aparna Bole, MD, FAAP (University Hospitals of Cleveland)

Community benefit

Nonprofit hospitals’ community benefit programs provide a unique opportunity to align environmental and community health goals for mutual benefit. This cohort provides a space for collaboration among sustainability and community benefits staff to explore initiatives that directly improve public health while reducing environmental impacts.

Facilitator:
Betsy Skoda
bskoda@hcwh.org

2021 Schedule

July 14, 2021 3:00 PM EST
Topic: Healthy Homes: Intersection of community benefit and environmental health programming
Guest: Kevin Kennedy (Children's Mercy Kansas City)

September 16, 2021 3:00 PM EST
Topic: Heat Preparedness: Framing issue for different audiences
Guest: Beth Gillespie (Denver Health)

December 15, 2021 3:00 PM EST
Topic: Communications and storytelling
Guest: Sara Wohlford (Carilion Clinic)

Great Lakes region

Hospital and health system sustainability professionals from across the upper Midwest (primarily MN, WI, MI, IL, OH) share experiences and tips within a region where climate, natural resources, and auto and agriculture industries may present barriers and opportunities to innovation and impact.

Facilitator:
Shanda Demorest, DNP, RN, PHN
sdemorest@practicegreenhealth.org

2021 Schedule

February 1, 2021 2:00 PM EST
Topic: Annual reporting and communications 
Guest: Ali Wolf  (Aspirus Health, Inc.) and Emily Katzin (Cleveland Clinic) 

March 1, 2021 2:00 PM EST
Topic: Annual reporting and communications
Guest: Marisa Brasor (Health Care Without Harm) and Scott Rich (Practice Greenhealth)

April 5, 2021 2:00 PM EST
Topic: Supplier diversity 
Guest: Reuben Hamilton (SSM) and Sarah Chartier (Spectrum Health) 

May 3, 2021 2:00 PM EST
Topic: Sustainable procurement 
Guest: Beth Eckl (Practice Greenhealth), Dana Slade (HealthPartners), Katie Wickman (Advocate Aurora Health)

June 7, 2021 2:00 PM EST
Topic: Renewable electricity 
Guest: Winston Vaughan (Health Care Without Harm) and Michael Keefe (OSF Health)

August 2, 2021 2:00 PM EST
Topic: Waste/Safety
Guest: Tom Thompson (UW Health)

October 4, 2021 2:00 PM EST
Topic: The living landscape (sustainable landscaping and giving gardens) 
Guest: Karla Patrick (Allina Health) and Fred Rozumalski (Barr Engineering)

November 1, 2021 2:00 PM EST
Topic: Campus exterior safe salt
Guest: Alex Kim (City of Brooklyn Park) and TBD (Mayo Clinic)

December 6, 2021 2:00 PM EST
Topic: 2022 Planning
Guest: TBD

Greening the OR

A typical OR can make up half of a hospital’s aggregate costs, produce 33% of a facility’s waste, consume more energy per square foot than any other area of the hospital. Our Greening the OR experts host sessions to uncover new or best practice strategies in cost savings and efficiency improvement practices. Solutions discussed focus on not only maintaining quality patient care but also supporting staff and environmental health.

Facilitators:
Julie Moyle, RN, MSN
jmoyle@practicegreenhealth.org

Kaeleigh Sheehan
ksheehan@practicegreenhealth.org

2021 Schedule

February 22, 2021 3:30 PM EST
Topic: Moving from single use to reusable medical devices
Guest: N/A

April 19, 2021 3:30 PM EST
Topic: Pharmaceutical waste management in the OR
Guest: Brenda Nissley (UW Medicine) and Christina McNeilis (The Mount Sinai Hospital)

August 16, 2021 3:30 PM EST
Topic: Breakthrough moments 
Guest: Interactive session 

October 18, 2021 3:30 PM EST
Topic: Circular, triple bottom line economy
Guest: TBD

December 20, 2021 3:30 PM EST
Topic: 2021 Reflections, 2022 Resolutions
Guest: TBD

Sustainable procurement

Many products and materials that come into hospitals may contain or release carcinogens, reproductive toxins, or other hazardous materials, exposing patients, staff, and the community to harm. Purchased goods and services also account for a majority of the energy and water use by the sector. Participants meet to share best practices in engaging group purchasing organizations (GPO) and suppliers, integrating environmentally preferable purchasing (EPP) in value analysis, and identifying cost-saving opportunities. Also, time is reserved during each session for participants to receive quick problem-solving advice on any timely issues or challenges.

Facilitators:
Beth Eckl
beckl@practicegreenhealth.org

John Ullman
jullman@hcwh.org

2021 Schedule

February 22, 2021 2:00 PM EST
Topic: Developing metrics for sustainable procurement  
Speakers: Cecilia Deloach-Lynn, Chris Bodkin (Practice Greenhealth)

March 25, 2021 2:00 PM EST
Topic: Reducing transportation impacts through procurement
Speaker: Julie Moyle (Practice Greenhealth)

April 22, 2021 2:00 PM EST
Topic: Reducing packaging impacts through procurement  
Guest: Sonja Janousek and Marianne Dawson (Vancouver Health)

May 27, 2021 2:00 PM EST
Topic: Addressing forced labor
Guest: Petra Linden (CommonSpirit Health)

June 24, 2021 2:00 PM EST
Topic: Reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the supply chain (Scope 3 emissions)
Guest: Sonia Roschnik and Kieth Edgerton (HCWH & Practice Greenhealth)

July 22, 2021 2:00 PM EST
Topic: Moving to reusables in the OR

Speakers: Julie Moyle and Kaeleigh Sheehan (Practice Greenhealth)

August 26, 2021 2:00 PM EST
Topic: Internal tracking solutions
Guest: Interactive discussion

September 23, 2021 2:00 PM EST
Topic: Using standardized environmental criteria
Guest: Elizabeth Eldridge, Director of Sustainable Sourcing, Kaiser Permanente

October 28, 2021 2:00 PM EST
Topic: External data capturing solutions 
Guest: Interactive discussion

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