BECC Webinar: Climate Change Solutions to Protect Health and Promote Equity

October 31, 2023 | 3:00pm - 4:00pm EDT

Climate change is considered by many health experts to be the greatest determinant of health for a child born today. However, the harms of climate change will not be borne equally, with certain populations more vulnerable due to structural forces such as racism and poverty or physiological factors such as age. To mitigate the threat of climate change for all populations, we must both dismantle upstream factors like our reliance on fossil fuels and reimagine our schools, cities, and homes as places of climate resilience to best protect health and promote equity.

Join us for a webinar to learn how we can equitably tackle climate change and improve health. Attendees will hear from expert speakers on why climate change is both our greatest health threat and our greatest health opportunity to build a better world.


Lisa Patel, Executive Director, Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health

Lisa has used her extensive experience working for government, community organizations, and nonprofits to advocate for children's health priorities in the United States. She received her undergraduate degree in biological sciences from Stanford University, her master's in environmental sciences from the Yale School of the Environment, obtained her medical degree from Johns Hopkins University, and completed her residency in pediatrics at UCSF. Lisa maintains a clinical practice as a pediatric hospitalist caring for newborns, premature infants, and children requiring hospitalization.

Moderator: Gale Berkowitz, Associate Director, CITRIS Health

Gale’s professional training is in public health policy, evaluation, and epidemiology. Her work has tackled some of the most critical social and environmental problems of our time: ensuring access to quality health services, behavioral health, substance use treatment and education; promoting financial inclusion; and reducing the impact of climate change, among others. Gale has had responsibility for organization-wide evolutions of strategy, operations, change management, and organizational and network learning. She has a track record of building systems that are long-lasting and valued.

Gale has extensive teaching experience and is the author or co-author of more than 50 publications. She received her bachelor’s degree at Johns Hopkins University, and master’s and doctorate degrees in public health at UC Berkeley.

Webinar Host: Miriam Aczel, PhD, McQuown Postdoctoral Fellow, California Institute for Energy & Environment (CIEE) at UC Berkeley

Miriam is working on the Oakland EcoBlock community solar microgrid pilot project. She is an Honorary Research Associate at Imperial College London’s Centre for Environmental Policy. Miriam earned her PhD at Imperial College London, where she was a President’s PhD Scholar. She is also co-founder and co-director of the Amir D. Aczel Foundation for Research and Education in Science and Mathematics, a nonprofit working on environmental education in Cambodia. Miriam is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. She speaks French, Italian, and Hebrew, and is learning Spanish.

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