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Climate Change, Equity, and Health: How Funders Can Make
a Difference -- Insights from the Convergence Partnership
Present...
2
Convergence for Healthy
People, Healthy Places
2
December 16, 2014Convergence Partnership
The Convergence Partnership is a
collaboration of eight national
foundations and health-care
institutions.
Collectively, w...
Convergence Mission
4
The Convergence Partnership aims to achieve its vision by promoting:
• equity to ensure that everyon...
Convergence Areas of Focus
5
• Community Economic Development
• Field Building
• Food Systems
• Impact Investing
• Prevent...
Vision
6
Healthy People, Healthy Places.
A nation in which every community fosters health, prosperity, and
well-being for ...
7
Climate Change at the Nexus of
Community Economic Development,
Equity, and Health
7
December 16, 2014Convergence Partner...
Convergence aims to advance equitable, healthy, and
sustainable communities by targeting investments, providing
support, a...
Climate change will
intensify and exacerbate
the impacts being
experienced by
communities already
facing the greatest heal...
10
The Threat of Unchecked Climate Change
Health
Outcomes
Economic
Opportunity
Food Transportation
Root Causes of Inequiti...
11
11
December 16, 2014Convergence Partnership
Announcement re: Climate Regulations
May 30, 2014 Weekly Address
Children’s...
The Prime Directive: Community
Cohesion
12
12
December 16, 2014Convergence Partnership
13
Resilience for Low-Income People
and Communities of Color:
A Path Forward
13
December 16, 2014Convergence Partnership
14
 Statewide efforts to benefit health, reduce
carbon emissions, and promote equity
through transportation planning
 Mu...
15
CA Sustainable Communities Act (SB 375)
The Sustainable Communities and Climate Protection Act
of 2008 (SB 375) support...
16
CA Sustainable Communities Act (SB 375)
The Convergence Partnership is providing support to equity
advocates to ensure ...
17
Mile High Collaborative – Metro Denver
Mile High Connects is a broad partnership of organizations
from the private, pub...
18
Mile High Collaborative – Metro Denver
Mile High Connects is a broad partnership of organizations
from the private, pub...
Environmental Stewardship at Kaiser Permanente:
Fulfilling our Role as a Total Health Organization
Do Good Things Make an ...
Driving for accountability on climate
change
• Healthcare is responsible for 8% of America’s carbon footprint
• KP goal: 3...
Kaiser Permanente’s Climate Action
Agenda
• Operational efficiencies and innovation
• Renewable energy
• Community health ...
5% reduction in GHG emissions since
2008
22
22
December 16, 2014Convergence Partnership
The Road Ahead: Working in the Nexus
Healthy People Healthy Environments
Thriving Local Economies
23
23
December 16, 2014C...
24
Conclusions
24
December 16, 2014Convergence Partnership
The Road Ahead is Challenging…But We Can Find a Way
25
25
December 16, 2014Convergence Partnership
26
Please visit us online at:
www.convergencepartnership.org
twitter.com/convergencepartnership
facebook.com/convergencepa...
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Climate, Equity and Health Insights from The Convergence Partnership

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Loel Solomon presentation of the Convergence Partnership's approach to addressing climate change in the context of its work on health, equity and economic development.

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Climate, Equity and Health Insights from The Convergence Partnership

  1. 1. Climate Change, Equity, and Health: How Funders Can Make a Difference -- Insights from the Convergence Partnership Presented by: Loel Solomon, Ph.D., Vice President, Community Health, Kaiser Permanente Jme McLean, MCP, MPH, Associate Director, PolicyLink December 16, 2014 1December 16, 2014Convergence Partnership 1
  2. 2. 2 Convergence for Healthy People, Healthy Places 2 December 16, 2014Convergence Partnership
  3. 3. The Convergence Partnership is a collaboration of eight national foundations and health-care institutions. Collectively, we provide support to efforts across the country to create conditions that can make real our vision of healthy people and healthy places.  Ascension Health  The California Endowment  Kaiser Permanente  Kresge Foundation  MacArthur Foundation  Nemours  Robert Wood Johnson Foundation  Rockefeller Foundation  W.K. Kellogg Foundation  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention serve as critical technical advisors 3 3 December 16, 2014Convergence Partnership
  4. 4. Convergence Mission 4 The Convergence Partnership aims to achieve its vision by promoting: • equity to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to participate and prosper • policies and practices that create conditions to sustain healthy people and healthy places • connections across multiple fields and sectors that catalyze and accelerate the work 4 December 16, 2014Convergence Partnership
  5. 5. Convergence Areas of Focus 5 • Community Economic Development • Field Building • Food Systems • Impact Investing • Prevention and Health Systems 5 December 16, 2014Convergence Partnership
  6. 6. Vision 6 Healthy People, Healthy Places. A nation in which every community fosters health, prosperity, and well-being for all. 6 December 16, 2014Convergence Partnership
  7. 7. 7 Climate Change at the Nexus of Community Economic Development, Equity, and Health 7 December 16, 2014Convergence Partnership
  8. 8. Convergence aims to advance equitable, healthy, and sustainable communities by targeting investments, providing support, and promoting policy advocacy related to: • Built Environment • Transportation Systems • Jobs and Workforce • Affordable Housing • Displacement • Economic Inclusion • Food Systems 8 Community Economic Development community impact 8 December 16, 2014Convergence Partnership
  9. 9. Climate change will intensify and exacerbate the impacts being experienced by communities already facing the greatest health and environmental challenges. 9 community impact 9 December 16, 2014Convergence Partnership
  10. 10. 10 The Threat of Unchecked Climate Change Health Outcomes Economic Opportunity Food Transportation Root Causes of Inequities Climate Change Common Strategies 10 December 16, 2014Convergence Partnership
  11. 11. 11 11 December 16, 2014Convergence Partnership Announcement re: Climate Regulations May 30, 2014 Weekly Address Children’s National Medical Center The Threat of Unchecked Climate Change
  12. 12. The Prime Directive: Community Cohesion 12 12 December 16, 2014Convergence Partnership
  13. 13. 13 Resilience for Low-Income People and Communities of Color: A Path Forward 13 December 16, 2014Convergence Partnership
  14. 14. 14  Statewide efforts to benefit health, reduce carbon emissions, and promote equity through transportation planning  Multi-field, multi-sector regional collaboration to improve quality of life for residents  Institutional changes to improve health and environment for community and employees Opportunities at the Nexus 14 December 16, 2014Convergence Partnership
  15. 15. 15 CA Sustainable Communities Act (SB 375) The Sustainable Communities and Climate Protection Act of 2008 (SB 375) supports the State’s climate action goals to reduce GHG emissions through coordinated land use and transportation planning.  California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (AB 32)  Regional Sustainable Communities Strategies 15 December 16, 2014Convergence Partnership
  16. 16. 16 CA Sustainable Communities Act (SB 375) The Convergence Partnership is providing support to equity advocates to ensure that the Regional Transportation Plans prioritize the needs and opportunities of low-income people and communities of color • Pooled funding across multiple foundations converging across multiple issues and missions • Many individual foundations are also supporting this work individually, within the framework of their own institutional scope and priorities 16 December 16, 2014Convergence Partnership
  17. 17. 17 Mile High Collaborative – Metro Denver Mile High Connects is a broad partnership of organizations from the private, public and nonprofit sectors that are committed to increasing access to housing choices, good jobs, quality schools and essential services via public transit.  Mission: Ensure that the Metro Denver regional transit system fosters communities that offer all residents the opportunity for a high quality of life  Priority areas: Housing, Transit, Jobs, Education, Health  Partnership: foundations, nonprofits, government 17 December 16, 2014Convergence Partnership
  18. 18. 18 Mile High Collaborative – Metro Denver Mile High Connects is a broad partnership of organizations from the private, public and nonprofit sectors that are committed to increasing access to housing choices, good jobs, quality schools and essential services via public transit.  Projects focus on the nexus of multiple issues • Example: Denver Regional Equity Atlas  Convergence Partnership provides technical assistance and mentorship to support the regional collaboration  Convergence works to share their experience and wins across the funder network 18 December 16, 2014Convergence Partnership
  19. 19. Environmental Stewardship at Kaiser Permanente: Fulfilling our Role as a Total Health Organization Do Good Things Make an Impact Be Accountable for All Our Impacts Ensure access to high quality care and coverage Address the conditions of health in the physical, social, natural environment Understand our ecological and economic footprint, and their impact on community health; act accordingly; set a good example 19 19 December 16, 2014Convergence Partnership
  20. 20. Driving for accountability on climate change • Healthcare is responsible for 8% of America’s carbon footprint • KP goal: 30% reduction in GHG emissions by 2020 (against 2008 baseline) Stationary combustion for heating and emergency power 25% Medical gases and halogenated anesthetic agents 5% Refrigerants 2% Mobile combustion by fleet vehicles 2% Purchased electricity 66% 20 20 December 16, 2014Convergence Partnership
  21. 21. Kaiser Permanente’s Climate Action Agenda • Operational efficiencies and innovation • Renewable energy • Community health initiatives • Public awareness and movement building 21 21 December 16, 2014Convergence Partnership
  22. 22. 5% reduction in GHG emissions since 2008 22 22 December 16, 2014Convergence Partnership
  23. 23. The Road Ahead: Working in the Nexus Healthy People Healthy Environments Thriving Local Economies 23 23 December 16, 2014Convergence Partnership
  24. 24. 24 Conclusions 24 December 16, 2014Convergence Partnership
  25. 25. The Road Ahead is Challenging…But We Can Find a Way 25 25 December 16, 2014Convergence Partnership
  26. 26. 26 Please visit us online at: www.convergencepartnership.org twitter.com/convergencepartnership facebook.com/convergencepartnership Thank you! 26 December 16, 2014Convergence Partnership

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