Health Care Sustainability and Patient Engagement: Charting the Path Forward Together for Sustainability

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Charting the Path Forward Together for Sustainability

Patients and caregivers can act as engines for change within our health system. When it comes to sustainability in health care, whether that includes manufacturing pressures for single use products, or waste management in home care and hospital, there are many opportunities for leaders in health care to raise awareness about our need to chart a path forward to build sustainability.

You are invited to join us for a symposium hosted by IHPME’s Patient Engagement Committee and the Committee on the Environment Climate Change and Sustainability for a half day event that will aim to set an agenda and issue a call to action for environmentally sustainable health systems with patients as partners for change.

Featuring keynote speakers from both expert communities in Canada and globally, attendees will have the opportunity to engage with and learn from one another as we aim to set the agenda for co-designed and environmentally sustainable health systems.

Watch our event live: Livestream Link

Keynote Speakers

Profile of Rachel StancliffeRachel Stancliffe

Founder and Director of the Centre for Sustainable Health Care, UK

Rachel has a first degree in Human Sciences from Oxford where her interest in systems thinking and population health was stimulated by Muir Gray. Her interest has always been in working across disciplines on complex problems. Following an MSc in Demography from the LSE, which improved her quantitative skills, she worked in public health in the UK on population profiles and needs assessments using census data. She then spent 5 years in Moscow, Georgia and Kazakhstan where she worked for Save the Children, The Norwegian Refugee Council, UNDP, Unicef and the Red Cross on projects including capacity building for the government, running household surveys and writing the Human Development Report. Moving back to Oxford, she helped to develop The Cochrane Library for its first ten years which gave her a thorough understanding of evidence based medicine, an appreciation of the importance of methodology, and practical experience of how to integrate evidence with healthcare guidelines and policy.

Rachel has been working on the intersection of health and the environment for the past 10 years since she founded The Centre for Sustainable Healthcare (CSH) in 2008.  She remains interested in the best use of good quality evidence and in creative partnerships to achieve change. Her team at CSH is supporting healthcare in the UK and internationally to take a leading role in transforming healthcare for a sustainable future.

She is also a founding Director of the Community Interest Company, Global Healthcare Information Network and is on several Boards including Patients Know Best, Oxfordshire Local Nature Partnership and the Climate and Health Council.

Profile of Emily Nicholas AnglEmily Nicholas Angl

Director of Health Engagement and Communication with Reframe Health Labs

Emily’s patient journey has taken her through ER’s, OR’s, MRI’s and many acronyms in between. Her broad range of experiences led to a keen interest in how patients can become partners in their own care and in health system improvement. Emily has been helping bring the patient voice to Canadian health care for over ten years. She previously sat on the board of Patients Canada and is one of the founding members of The Patient Advisors Network (PAN). She has consulted on patient and family engagement with hospitals, government agencies, research institutes and other organizations across Canada. She currently has advisory roles with The Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) Collection for Patient Oriented Research panel, Health Quality Ontario’s Health System Performance committee, and the policy research centre Converge3. Emily works as Director of Health Engagement and Communication with Reframe Health Labs where she specializes in bringing the patient perspective to RHL’s evidence-based approach to health and wellness communication.

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Tentative Schedule

12:00pm Registration and lunch
12:30pm Environmentally sustainable healthcare

  • Rachel Stancliffe, Founder & Director of the Centre for Sustainable Health Care
1:15pm Patients as partners for health system reform

  • Emily Nicholas Angl, Independent Patient Advisor and Director of Health Engagement and Communication with Reframe Health Labs
2:00pm Break
2:15pm Breakout Session to identify synergies between how patients can partner for change and the kinds of changes needed to make healthcare systems more environmentally sustainable – at all levels:

  • Macro-level, for system design
  • Meso-level, for service organization
  • Micro-level, for self-care and shared care
3:45pm Reconvene and report back
4:30pm Closing address
5:00pm Wine and Cheese

Public transit and travel subsides are available upon request, e-mail: for further information.

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