Scenario Planning: Healthcare Adaptation

The Climate Crisis & Healthcare: Advance Preparation is the Best Medicine

Date & Time

May 7, 2024, 5:00 pm PST/8:00 pm EST


This session is focused on healthcare system adaptation to climate change. Not only does the health system need to achieve low carbon functioning (mitigation) but it also needs to build resilience to the impact of anticipated climate related crises and plan care for patients and professionals with unpreventable health impacts. The WHO provides guidance on creating health system resilience, from climate related emergency preparedness to transformative leadership and climate informed health programs.

Research suggests Canada has not given sufficient attention to adapting our health system to current and anticipated needs and outcomes. The challenges we must plan for involve significant uncertainty and we cannot solve them within healthcare alone. Scenario planning is a collaborative planning technique, useful within and across sectors, integrating diverse perspectives for uncertain futures. We will illustrate these concepts employing a focus for climate-adaptation. We will describe and provide a brief participant experience with Scenario Planning followed by a facilitated group discussion.

The Climate Crisis & Health Care Adaptation: Advance Preparation is the Best Medicine – Register for this webinar here. Learn about the power of scenario planning to effect change in this panel event with Diane de Camps Meschino (MD), RC Arden Henley (Ed.D.) and Kira Leeb.


Participants will be able to:

  1. Describe critical foci for adaptation efforts;
  2. Explain scenario planning as a leadership technique for vertical influence & collaboration across sectors;
  3. Consider partnerships to impact adaptation efforts.

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Read Ross Thrasher’s review of Our Shared Storm: A Novel of Five Climate Futures. The author, Andrew Dana Hudson uses the technique called “scenario thinking” to imagine five alternative climate change outcomes based on IPCC’s Shared Socioeconomic Pathways. Find this review in the GTEC Blog.