Symposium - Climate Change & Health 2021: The Intersection of Climate Change, COVID-19, & Structural Racism

Registration is closed for this activity.

Presented by the MGH Institute of Health Professions
See Main Event Page for all details:


Date and Time:
Saturday, April 24, 2021
9:00 am - 3:00 pm (ET)

Live, Virtual Symposium
Session Recordings will be available for all registrants.

Who Should Attend:
All healthcare providers who recognize the impact that climate change has on health and want to join the health professional community to identify and reduce the risks and consequences of climate change.

Registration Fee:

Fee includes access to all live sessions, any recorded keynote sessions, course materials and resources.

$75 CEU Rate (See Accreditation Section)
$55 Non-CEU Rate (Use code nonceu-climate at checkout)
$55 Group Rate
(for 2 or more individuals from the same organization: submit this form for discount)
$15 Student Rate* (Use code climateedu at checkout)
$25 IHP Rate** (IHP Faculty, Staff, & Alumni, use code climateihp at checkout)
$25 IHP Preceptor Rate (If you have precepted for an IHP student in the past 2 years, you are eligible for this discount rate. Use code climateprecept at checkout. Preceptor status will be verified).

*Student Rate applies to individuals currently enrolled in a full-time degree granting program at the time of the symposium. It does not apply to part-time students. Student status verification may be requested.

**Current IHP faculty, staff, & students can use existing D2L account at checkout to register.

Course Overview

Presented by the MGH Institute Center for Climate Change, Climate Justice, and Health, and in partnership with the IHP School of Nursing Upsilon Lambda Chapter, The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International, this symposium will provide health care professionals with an opportunity to engage in robust discussion about ideas for corrective action to improve the lives of people in the face of climate change.

Climate change is a growing public health concern with implications for safety and well-being; nutrition and food security; food, water, and vector-borne diseases; and mental health. Climate change and the social determinants of health are closely aligned, contributing to disparate environmental exposures and health inequalities, as a disproportionate number of low-income individuals, some communities of color, and those with higher vulnerability to disease and chronic health conditions are at risk. The 2020 Lancet Countdown U.S. Brief addresses emerging infectious diseases including COVID-19 and highlights the intersection among the converging health crises—climate change, COVID-19 and systemic racism. Our symposium will address the climate-related health consequences on vulnerable communities and systemic racism with a lens on how COVID-19 disproportionately impacts Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC).


  • Examine the intersection of the climate crisis, COVID-19, and structural racism, and the implications for clinical practice, education, research/scholarship, and advocacy.
  • Discuss the policy and advocacy implications for public health related to existing and emerging health challenges related to climate change, COVID-19, and racial inequity.
  • Examine the roles for health professionals and the public for engaging in climate and climate justice issues.




Visit Main Event Page for info on Keynote Speakers and Agenda.

Course Directors


Patrice Nicholas, DNSc, DHL (Hon), MPH, MS, RN, NP-C, FAAN
Distinguished Teaching Professor, School of Nursing
Director, Center for Climate Change, Climate Justice and Health
MGH Institute of Health Professions
Faculty Nurse Scientist
Massachusetts General Hospital

Suellen Breakey, PhD, RN
Assistant Professor, School of Nursing

Center for Climate Change, Climate Justice, and Health
MGH Institute of Health Professions


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In support of improving patient care, MGH Institute of Health Professions is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Nurses/Nurse Practitioners:
MGH Institute of Health Professions designates this activity for 4.75 contact hours for nurses.

The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board (AANPCB) accepts credit from organizations accredited by ANCC Providers.

Criteria for successful completion include: attendance at the entire live event and completion of the post-evaluation form.

Physicians/Physician Assistants:
MGH Institute of Health Professions designates this live activity for a maximum of 4.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits ™. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in this activity. AAPA accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ from organizations accredited by ACCME.


The faculty and planners of this activity have no conflicts of interest or relevant financial relationships to disclose.

There is no commercial or sponsorship support for this activity.

How to Register

Add this activity to your cart using the Enroll Now button at the top right of this page, then proceed with Checkout. You will be asked to quickly create an IHP username and password if you do not already have one. With an IHP account, you will have access to our learning management system, which may or may not be utilized by this workshop faculty. You can use this account to sign up for any future IHP Continuing Education offerings you may want to participate in.

Payment Options

Debit/Credit Card
 - We recommend registering through this catalog and paying with a debit or credit card for optimal efficiency.

Personal Check
 - If using this method, please contact Ginny Do, to confirm enrollment into this activity. Make check payable to "MGH Institute of Health Professions" and send with attention to:

Ginny Do - CIPSI
MGH Institute of Health Professions
36 First Avenue, Boston, MA 02129-4557.

Cancellation Policy

Full refund, less administrative fee of 10% if cancellation is received prior to April 16, 2021. To cancel, send your cancellation request via email to the Office of Continuing and Professional Development. Refunds will be processed based on the original form of payment and will be processed within 30 days of receipt of the cancellation notice. Cancellations received after April 16, 2021will not be eligible for a refund.

Cancellation of activity: In the very unlikely event that IHP CPD cancels or postpones the activity due to circumstances beyond its control, IHP CPD's liability will be limited to refund of paid registration fees.

Contact Us

For any additional questions regarding this workshop or the registration process, please contact:

Ginny Do - Program Manager
MGH Institute of Health Professions
Office of Continuing and Professional Development
Phone: 617-724-3193

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