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Environmental Drivers of Chronic Disease


Video lectures by:
Jill Stein, MD
Ted Schettler, MD, MPH

Jill Stein, MD

In December 2009, Dr. Jill Stein spoke at Boston University School of Public Health on "Climate Change and Chronic Disease: Common Drivers, Common Solutions." The lecture was recorded remotely by the University of Delaware School of Nursing. It is organized in three 1/2 hour modules below.

The lecture was hosted by the Environmental Health Nursing Education Collaborative, a project organized by the Boston University Superfund Research Program and the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Stein represented Greater Boston Physicians for Social Responsibility (GBPSR), a partner of BUSRP's Community Outreach Core and a key member of the Environmental Health Nursing Education Collaborative.

The modules explore the environmental drivers of climate change and chronic disease, as well as cross cutting solutions, and are based on GBSPR's recent report, Environmental Threats to Healthy Aging. GBPSR is currently working on a speaker package to be released in early 2010 that includes slides, notes and references to enable others to present on this topic.

These videos are also available in AVI format: module 1, module 2, module 3.


Note: Slides are omitted in the first six minutes of module one.
Download slides from module one here (PDF).


Download slides from module two here (PDF).


Download slides from module three here (PDF).



Ted Schettler, MD, MPH

Ted Schettler MD MPH, Science Director of the Science and Environmental Health Network (SEHN), co-author of Environmental Threats to Healthy Aging, and a leading expert on environmental health, conducted several training webinars on Environmental Drivers of Chronic Disease. Key findings of the Healthy Aging report, published by Greater Boston Physicians for Social Responsibility and SEHN, were addressed in the 1 ½ hour webinars. Questions were welcomed. The webinar PowerPoint presentation complete with references and speaker notes was made available to attendees to enable them to present the material to others.

The Environmental Drivers of Chronic Disease webinar covered the following:
  • Environmental factors as key drivers of many common chronic diseases
  • How environmental factors alter key biological pathways leading to chronic disease
  • Important environmental determinants of health including:
    • Food system/nutrition and diet
    • Toxic chemicals
    • Built environment / physical activity
    • Psychological & socioeconomic stress
  • Examples of cross cutting solutions for healthy people & a healthy environment