Green health is the goal of individual and societal investments in sustainable products and processes that enhance human health. It is about making informed decisions concerning disease prevention strategies that transcend national boundaries; choices about safer and effective medications; about energy resources that minimize health-damaging pollution; and choices about international investments in green infrastructures that promote health—green transportation, green agriculture, green buildings, and green information technologies. Advancing the conceptual framework of green health toward actionable policies requires the development of reliable and scientifically validated measures of effectiveness. However, transnational gaps in science and policy discords challenge the vision of a global reach of green health. We will use case studies from my research projects to discuss three emerging categories of green health metrics. Status Metrics attempt to capture the deviation of a population from perfect health in terms of interventions that modify composite measures of disease burden. Process Metrics deal with protocols that are designed to prevent morbidity and premature mortality, including performance standards developed for international business, governments, and civil society. Product Metrics compare the impacts of materials and processes on social and environmental systems through the use of quantitative tools of alternatives analysis and life cycle assessments.
Speaker Biography - Dele Ogunseitan, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Dele Ogunseitan, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Professor, Department of Population Health and Disease Prevention, UC Irvine
Dele Ogunseitan is Professor and Founding Chair of the Department of Population Health & Disease Prevention; and Professor of Social Ecology at UC Irvine. He serves on the Board of Directors of the UC Systemwide Global Health Institute, and the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health.
Dele researches risk factors at the nexus of industrial development, environmental systems and population health to discover opportunities for disease prevention. He is the editor of "Green Health" (Sage, 2011) and author of "Microbial Diversity" (Wiley 2005). His writings have appeared in Environment, Lancet, Bulletin of the World Health Organization, Science, and Nature.
He served on the State of California’s Green Ribbon Science Panel, and the State's Advisory Committee on the Community Protection and Hazardous Waste Reduction Initiative. Dele currently serves on the Green Chemistry Advisory Board of Apple, Inc.
He was a Jefferson Science Fellow of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine; and he is a consulting Foreign Affairs Officer in the Office of International Health & Biodefense at the U.S. Department of State. He is an alumnus faculty fellow of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.
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