September 7 - 11, 2020
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Climate Change, Social Determinants of Health: Leading Recovery and Preparing for the Future

Although making precise predictions is always challenging, the WHO expects that between 2030 and 2050 climate change will cause approximately 250 000 additional deaths per year, only taking into account malnutrition, malaria, diarrhea and heat stress. It is also likely to accelerate infection patterns, lengthen transmission seasons and widen their geographic range. Climate change will also create new divides and increase the impact of social and environmental determinants of health – clean air; safe drinking water; sufficient quantity and quality of food; secure shelter; and of course access to quality health and care services. As HIMSS’s vision is to realize the full health potential of every human, everywhere, this final closing keynote will gather global health leaders to highlight lessons learned from the current outbreak, discuss how climate change may aggravate the risks of future pandemics and health crises, and focus on the importance of addressing social determinants and health inequalities to lead Europe into recovery and prepare the world for the future.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the immediate and long-term impacts of climate change on health and wellbeing and the mitigating action that can be taken to ultimately achieve the ambition of net-zero healthcare systems.
  • Recognise how tackling climate change and addressing the social determinants of health will be key as nations recover from COVID-19 and act to reduce the risk of future health crises.
  • Learn how technology can support action against the damaging effects of climate change and steps to positively impact on the social determinants of health.

Attending this session will earn you Continuing Educational Credits for CAHIMS and CPHIMS as well as accreditation by the ICN and CPD. To apply for accreditation, please click here.

Session Details

September 11, 2020
16:00 - 17:00


Jennifer Dixon
Chief Executive
The Health Foundation
Jan Semenza
Lead of the Health Determinants Programme
European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC)
Hans Kluge
Regional Director for Europe
World Health Organization (WHO)
Sam Shah
Founder & Director
Faculty of Future Health
Hal Wolf
President & CEO