Clinicians for Climate Action New Jersey

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September 29, 2023 | New Jersey

Clinicians for Climate Action New Jersey was founded in 2021 to engage New Jersey healthcare professionals to advocate for climate change solutions in order to support a transition to a healthy, equitable and sustainable future.

Goals:

  1. Motivate healthcare professionals to provide support and education regarding climate change solutions in their patient care settings
  2. Motivate healthcare professionals to act
  3. Provide forums for education
  4. Provide a framework for organized advocacy
  5. Provide accurate information to legislatures and policymakers, PTA presidents, school boards
  6. Create relationships with other organizations
  7. Reach out to clinicians from a broad base
  8. Motivate healthcare professionals to examine their own relationship to the environment

 

Founding Members 

 


Felicia K. Taylor is an association executive with more than 20 years of experience working for professional associations. She is the Chief Executive Officer of the New Jersey Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics. She currently serves on the Mid-Atlantic Society of Association Executives Board of Directors. She is also an alumni of the Diversity Executive Leadership Program (DELP), a national leadership program through the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE). She is a recipient of the New York Society of Association Executives 2018 Outstanding Non-Profit Executive Award. She holds a B.A. from Rutgers University and a M.B.A. from the University of Phoenix. She earned the Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential, awarded by the American Society of Association Executives in 2018.
Jeanne Craft, MD is board certified in Pediatric Critical Care, General Pediatrics and Medical Quality. She graduated from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia and completed her residency in General Pediatrics at the Medical Center of Delaware. She came to New Jersey following her Critical Care fellowship at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and is now at Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston where is the a Pediatric Intensivist. Dr. Craft is the Immediate Past President of the AAP New Jersey Chapter. She is the former co-chair of the Committee on Environmental Health and Climate Change, and founding member of the Clinicians for Climate Action New Jersey.
Robyn D’Oria is the Chief Executive Officer of the Central Jersey Family Health Consortium a 501(c)3, not-for-profit agency. Robyn has over 35 years of experience in maternal child health in a variety of roles including Perinatal Clinical Nurse Specialist and Director of Women’s and Children’s Services; as well as faculty of pediatric and maternal child health nursing in a number of baccalaureate and associate degree programs. She is the immediate past NJ Section Chair for the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) and was a member of their Expert Panel on Maternal Mortality. Additionally, she is the co-chair of the NJ Perinatal Quality Collaborative as well as a core partner through the American College of Obstetrician/Gynecologists (ACOG) for the Alliance for Innovation in Maternal Health (AIM) a national quality improvement program aimed at improving patient safety in obstetrics. Robyn has been integrally involved in developing and promoting this quality improvement work not only locally but nationally having published about the patient safety bundles in peer-reviewed journals and speaking about efforts to reduce maternal mortality and morbidity at the state and national level.
 Dan Quinlan is the father of two physicians and is married to his partner in life Pat (for just shy of 40 years). In his work-life, he is an independent consultant working on projects tied to climate change, clean energy and health – especially impacts on vulnerable populations. He previously managed a DOE nationwide consortium providing technical assistance to cities and towns spinning up clean energy programs. Dan is also the founder of SolaVida.org, a non-profit whose mission is to help widen the community of people taking action to address global warming and promote clean energy. He has a particular interest in developing new communication outreach strategies and ideas. Dan began his career as a research physicist at Bell Labs, followed by a series of senior management and finance positions for-profit and non-profit organizations. Dan holds MS and MBA degrees, has been awarded five patents, and has published more than 35 papers.
 Polly Thomas, MD, is a general pediatrician and public health practitioner. She worked for the New York City Department of Health from 1983 until 2004, when she joined the Preventive Medicine faculty of New Jersey Medical School (now part of Rutgers).  In 2010 she founded a residency in Preventive Medicine and Public Health, which will graduate its tenth class of Preventive Medicine physicians in June 2022.   Raised by a woman who was concerned about the environment beginning in the 1950s, Polly participated in the first Earth Day in 1970, studied ecology in college, and continues to emphasize environmental health to patients and students.  During 2007 she co-chaired the City of Summit New Jersey Sustainability Committee, helping write an action plan for Summit. She is proud to be part of the AAP New Jersey Committee on Environmental Health and Climate Change and hopes that together we can all make a difference.
 Donald F. Weinbaum, MBA Donald Weinbaum is a consultant to the non-profit, health, corrections and housing sectors, who specializes in areas related to social determinants of health. His 45+ years of experience spans the fields of Public Health, Behavioral Health Care, and Criminal Justice.  Mr. Weinbaum began his career in health care and later transitioned into public health. His professional experience includes 24 years with the NJ Department of Health, in a  wide range of roles, and additional experience with the NJ State Parole Board. Following retirement from government service, Mr. Weinbaum served as Executive Director for The Council on Compulsive Gambling of NJ, Inc. and continues to advocate for prevention and community health education. Mr. Weinbaum holds an MBA in Health Care Administration from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and is a NJ Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor. He is the current President of the New Jersey Public Health Association and serves on numerous other boards and professional committees.
 Judith Schmidt (Judy) is the CEO of the New Jersey State Nurses Association and the Institute for Nursing. Judy has received her Associate’s Degree in Applied Science from Ocean County College, a Bachelor’s degree in the Science of Nursing from Richard Stockton State College, a Master’s degree in the Science of Nursing from Seton Hall University and a  Doctoral degree in Health Care Administration/Health Policy (DHA) Program at Capella University. Judy has worked in various roles at Community Medical Center in Toms River NJ from Staff Nurse to Administrative Director.  She has also worked has a Clinical Instructor in Ocean County College and Seton Hall University’s nursing programs. She has presented on various topics including nursing politics to nursing schools, nursing associations and acute care hospitals.She has been active in the community and has served as a board member for several Nursing School Advisory Boards and Community Medical Center’s Board of Directors and Community Medical Center’s Foundation Board of Trustees.

Resources

CCANJ Videos and Editorials


This short video explains why we believe New Jersey needs to follow California in implementing a very strong ACT and similar transportation regulation.

The second video describes the letter and why we are asking all New Jerseyans to take action on transportation pollution. To learn more about these ideas click here.

Reports and Resources


Transportation Polluction Reduction Solutions for New Jersey’s Health Care Sector

NJ Climate and Health Profile Report – This report was prepared by Rutgers University in consultation with the New Jersey Climate Change and Public Health Working Group of the New Jersey Climate Change Alliance. A draft version of this report was issued in February 2017. The Alliance received public comments on the draft report and made revisions to address the comments in this final version.

NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information State Climate Summaries: New Jersey

Listen and Learn


Climate Change and Children’s Health course (CME credits)

Recognizing, Preventing and Treating Heat-Related Illness 

Expert Organizations


The Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health – The mission of the Consortium is to organize, empower and amplify the voice of America’s doctors to convey how climate change is harming our health and how climate solutions will improve it.

Health Care Without Harm – Health Care Without Harm works to transform health care worldwide so that it reduces its environmental footprint, becomes a community anchor for sustainability and a leader in the global movement for environmental health and justice.

Rutgers Climate Institute – The Rutgers Climate Institute is a University-wide effort to address one of the most important issues of our time through research, education and outreach. The Institute draws upon strengths in many departments at Rutgers by facilitating collaboration across a broad range of disciplines in the natural, social and policy sciences.

NJ Climate Change Alliance – The New Jersey Climate Change Alliance is a statewide network of diverse organizations that share the goal of advancing science-informed climate change strategies at the state and local levels in New Jersey.

NJ Clean Energy – New Jersey’s Clean Energy Program is a statewide program that offers financial incentives, programs, and services for New Jersey residents, business owners, and local governments to help them save energy, money, and the environment.

Reports


NJ Climate and Health Profile Report – This report was prepared by Rutgers University in consultation with the New Jersey Climate Change and Public Health Working Group of the New Jersey Climate Change Alliance. A draft version of this report was issued in February 2017. The Alliance received public comments on the draft report and made revisions to address the comments in this final version.

NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information State Climate Summaries: New Jersey

Tools


NJADAPT is a suite of free web-based data visualization tools designed to connect scientific climate change data with other critical information so that residents, community leaders, state and local decision makers, businesses, and others can better understand the impacts of changing climate conditions on people, assets, and communities in New Jersey. The NJADAPT tools provide end users with the data needed to undertake strategies to adapt to and build resilience and preparedness in light of climate change.

Events


WEBINAR: Transportation Pollution and the Health Care Sector: Proven Approaches to Lowering Fossil Fuel Emissions

REGISTER HERE | May 11, 2023 12-1PM

Latest News and Op-Eds


To Save Lives, New Jersey Must Transition Away from Vehciles with Dirty, Dangerous Exhausts Op-Ed by CCANJ Members Lisa Cerceo, MD, and Catherine Chen, MD

NJ Star Ledger | May 8, 2023


Can the Joint Comision Lead Healthcare to a Greener Future? Op-Ed by CCANJ Member, Lisa Cerceo, MD

MedPage Today | May 4, 2023


More Than 100 NJ Health Professionals Urge Faster Adoption of the Advanced Clean Cars II Rule

Insider NJ | April 17, 2023


Virtual Earth Day Forum Brings Together Climate, Health Professionals in Response to Unsustainable Levels of Carbon Pollution

Click here to read press release


Atlantic Health is the 2nd NJ system (along with Hackensack Meridian Health) to join the Health Care Climate Challenge. When joining the challenge, health care systems pledge to reduce their carbon footprints, prepare for the impacts of climate change, and lead the way to a low-carbon future.


The NJ Board of Public Utilities recently made a record-breaking award of 2,658 MW to develop offshore wind off the coast of New Jersey. Besides lowering carbon pollution, NJ’s major trade unions noted that these projects will put thousands of New Jerseyans to work.


Op-Ed by CCANJ Member, Lisa Cerceo MD: A New Patient Safety Metric: Health System Sustainability

MedPage Today | April 22, 2022

April 8, 2021

New Statewide Climate Health Advocacy Group Launched by New Jersey Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics and Partners

From environmental health to climate change, this group will serve as a hub of educational topics for providers and others interested in public health and well-being. Click Here to Read the Press Release>

Our Letters to Governor Murphy and Senior Lawmakers

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
Martin Luther King​

2023

Over 100 medical and public health professionals across New Jersey called on the Governor to support Advanced Clean Cars II (ACCII). Specifically, we urged the full adoption of the ACC II rule before the end of 2023 to protect public health and advance the state’s clean energy economy. The transportation sector is a leading source of air pollution and climate emissions in New Jersey. More than 70% of climate pollution comes from passenger cars and trucks. The ACC II rule is New Jersey’s strongest tool for mitigating these climate emissions and protecting all residents.

Read this letter urging Gov. Murphy to fully adopt ACCII.

2022

Over 300 medical and public health professional across New Jersey called on the Governor, Commissioner of Health, and Legislative leaders to address climate change by adopting a comprehensive approach to our transportation sector that will reduce vehicle emissions & climate pollutants to address the public health crisis from air pollution and climate change. Specifically, we urged the implementation of the electric school bus legislation, a swift adoption of the Advanced Clean Cars II standards this calendar year, dedicate increasing funding to achieve NJ Transit’s electric bus mandates, use federal transportation to reduce health inequities from air pollution, expand our air monitoring and reporting system and develop and adopt a regional approach to our transportation challenges.

Read this letter asking Governor Murphy and the legislature to take 6 major actions that will drive New Jersey’s transportation tailpipe pollution down.

To learn more, click on the links below:

Accelerating the adoption of electric vehicles.

Accelerating the electrification of public transit.

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Contact us at njcca@njaap.org

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Upcoming Events:

Fall 2023 Forum information coming soon! Check back for details.

Previous Events:

Decarbonizing New Jersey’s Health Care Sector

Held Thursday Oct. 20, 2022 7:00-9:00 PM

By generating 8.5% of our national carbon pollution emissions, the U.S. health care sector excessively contributes to the increasingly severe health impacts of climate change. If the sector was a country, it would rank 13th globally for greenhouse gas emissions. This needs to change.

To view a recording of the event, click here!

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