Gary Cohen

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While COVID-19 has pushed the health care sector to its limits, another public health emergency is strengthening. This time, the health sector itself is part of the problem. But now, with help from a new White House initiative, the sector can be part of the solution.

The other health emergency…


Sarah Hsu

After attending Health Care Without Harm’s CleanMed conference as a Stephanie Davis Award winner, medical student Sarah Hsu gained the knowledge and inspiration she needed to conduct her medical school research project. Her recently published research helps us understand the magnitude and impact of emergency department waste. (Photo: Sarah Hsu)

I always knew I wanted to explore the intersection of health and the environment. In my first year of college, I wrote a paper on the broader health and environmental impacts of hospitals. It didn’t take long for Health Care Without Harm to turn up in my research. …


James Beard Award-winning chef and best-selling author Mark Bittman’s new book, Animal, Vegetable, Junk, is a sweeping view of our food and agriculture systems, which are negatively impacting our health and the environment. …


Health system leads on protecting workers

A child working as a weaver in the district of Lahore in Pakistan. (M.Crozet/International Labour Organization/Flickr)

From Pakistani children sharpening surgical scalpels in grimy workshops to debt-bonded Bangladeshi migrants manufacturing disposable gloves, forced labor has long been an insidious part of the convoluted global supply chains that provide vital medical equipment.

Now, U.S. health care giant CommonSpirit Health wants its pledge to “do no harm” to…


The most severe heat wave on record gripped the Pacific Northwest and southwestern Canada this summer (Davis/Flickr)

Emergency departments are overwhelmed. Patient beds are lining hallways. Hospitals are at capacity. Patient transfers are delayed due to ambulances scrambling to respond to emergency calls for help. …


Victor Mitry is called a “hero” because, thanks to his forethought, health care workers at University of California Los Angeles Health did not experience a shortage of isolation gowns during the pandemic. …


by Emma Sirois

Mourners attend a vigil for Guatemalan-born farmworker Sebastian Francisco Perez, 38, who died during the heat wave a week ago in Marion County while moving field irrigation lines, in St. Paul, Oregon, U.S. July 3, 2021. PCUN, Oregon’s Farmworker Union organized the vigil outside Ernst Nursery & Farms, the company where Perez was employed. (REUTERS/Alisha Jucevic)

By Emma Sirois

You may have heard of the devastation happening in the Pacific Northwest due to the recent heatwave. As someone living in the area, it’s hard to ignore. On June 27, temperatures in Portland, Ore. …


“ I don’t sell plant-based, I sell delicious looking and tasting food that just happens to be plant-based.” — Dan Henroid, University of California San Francisco Medical Center

San Francisco is known for its great food. Walk a few blocks in almost any direction and you are likely to find…


Bernard Robinson stands next to one of the ambulances he helped develop at Northwell Health Center for Emergency Medical Services. Photo courtesy of Carlyle Miller.

After concerned New Yorkers lodged thousands of complaints about the toxic fumes belched out by ambulances idling on the city’s street corners, paramedics at Northwell Health set their sights on making their emergency response vehicles more sustainable.

Their biggest challenge: How to slash the emissions that threaten community health while…


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Friday, April 30th marked President Biden’s 100th day in office, a key benchmark for reflecting on a new administration’s accomplishments. The president came into office with four priorities — COVID-19, climate, race, and the economy — all determinants of health. In his first 100 days in office, President Biden has…

Health Care Without Harm

Health Care Without Harm seeks to transform health care worldwide so the sector reduces its environmental footprint and becomes a leader in the global movement.

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