On Thursday, February 7, 2019, Touro University California’s (TUC’s) College of Osteopathic Medicine and Public Health Program welcome Dr. Roya Azizi, to discuss the roles and responsibilities of healthcare professionals in minimizing waste and the overall carbon impact from healthcare. The lecture is free and open to the public with prior registration.
Dr. Roya Azizi will discuss the negative impacts of the healthcare industry on the environment, and how healthcare professionals can reduce their carbon footprint by incorporating green solutions into their practice. Dr. Azizi’s green solutions include waste minimization/recycling, sustainable food servicing/sourcing, efficient medical equipment, environmentally-friendly products, water conservation, LEED building standards, and group transit alternatives. Her presentation will emphasize the importance of raising awareness of sustainability by incorporating green healthcare courses into the curriculum of all healthcare fields of study. In addition, participants will get a taste of what a green healthcare course could look like. A Q&A session will follow the presentation.
Different studies have shown that non-healthcare employees actually have a higher level of awareness about environmental issues than those in healthcare organizations. Dr. Azizi seeks to change this through Green Healthcare courses that discuss a variety of environment-friendly solutions thus increasing healthcare professionals’ awareness of the importance of sustainability and instilling a sense of responsibility to reduce their waste and carbon impact.
Dr. Azizi has a Doctorate in Policy, Planning and Development from the Sol Price School of Public Policy, University of Southern California with a focus in sustainable policies and planning. She currently teaches a wide array of courses in the California State University System including courses on the environment, sustainability, and administration in healthcare. She also provides healthcare administration efficiency consulting that has enhanced efficiency and business productivity by more than 85 percent each year.