Clinicians for Climate Action New Jersey

Clinicians for Climate Action New Jersey was founded in 2021 to engage New Jersey healthcare professionals to advocate for climate change solutions in order to support a transition to a healthy, equitable and sustainable future.

Goals:

a.  Motivate healthcare professionals to provide support and education regarding climate change solutions in their patient care settings
b.  Motivate healthcare professionals to act
c.  Provide forums for education
d.  Provide a framework for organized advocacy
e.  Provide accurate information to legislatures and policymakers, PTA presidents, school boards
f.   Create relationships with other organizations
g.  Reach out to clinicians from a broad base
h.  Motivate healthcare professionals to examine their own relationship to the environment

 

Founding Members 


Felicia K. Taylor is an association executive with more than 20 years of experience working for professional associations. She is the Chief Executive Officer of the New Jersey Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics. Previously Felicia worked as the director of member services and engagement for the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) for 13 years. At NAPNAP, she was responsible for membership, diversity and inclusion initiatives, business development, and oversight of 50 chapters nationwide and 18 special interest groups. Her prior leadership experience includes working for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) as a manager of business development and membership for 12 years, specializing in membership development, board governance, marketing, and product development. Felicia currently serves on the Mid-Atlantic Society of Association Executives Board of Directors. She is also an alumni of the Diversity Executive Leadership Program (DELP), a national leadership program through the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE). She is a recipient of the New York Society of Association Executives 2018 Outstanding Non-Profit Executive Award. She holds a B.A. from Rutgers University and a M.B.A. from the University of Phoenix. She earned the Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential, awarded by the American Society of Association Executives in 2018.

Jeanne Craft, MD is board certified in Pediatric Critical Care, General Pediatrics and Medical Quality. She graduated from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia and completed her residency in General Pediatrics at the Medical Center of Delaware. She came to New Jersey following her Critical Care fellowship at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and is now at Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston where is the a Pediatric Intensivist. Dr. Craft is President of the AAP New Jersey Chapter. She is the former co-chair of the Committee on Environmental Health and Climate Change, and founding member of the Clinicians for Climate Action New Jersey

Robyn D’Oria is the Chief Executive Officer of the Central Jersey Family Health Consortium a 501(c)3, not-for-profit agency. Robyn has over 35 years of experience in maternal child health in a variety of roles including Perinatal Clinical Nurse Specialist and Director of Women’s and Children’s Services; as well as faculty of pediatric and maternal child health nursing in a number of baccalaureate and associate degree programs. She is the immediate past NJ Section Chair for the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) and was a member of their Expert Panel on Maternal Mortality. Additionally, she is the co-chair of the NJ Perinatal Quality Collaborative as well as a core partner through the American College of Obstetrician/Gynecologists (ACOG) for the Alliance for Innovation in Maternal Health (AIM) a national quality improvement program aimed at improving patient safety in obstetrics. Robyn has been integrally involved in developing and promoting this quality improvement work not only locally but nationally having published about the patient safety bundles in peer-reviewed journals and speaking about efforts to reduce maternal mortality and morbidity at the state and national level. 

 Dan Quinlan is the father of two physicians and is married to his partner in life Pat (for just shy of 40 years). In his work-life, he is an independent consultant working on projects tied to climate change, clean energy and health - especially impacts on vulnerable populations. He previously managed a DOE nationwide consortium providing technical assistance to cities and towns spinning up clean energy programs. Dan is also the founder of SolaVida.org, a non-profit whose mission is to help widen the community of people taking action to address global warming and promote clean energy. He has a particular interest in developing new communication outreach strategies and ideas. Dan began his career as a research physicist at Bell Labs, followed by a series of senior management and finance positions for-profit and non-profit organizations. Dan holds MS and MBA degrees, has been awarded five patents, and has published more than 35 papers. 

 Polly Thomas, MD, is a general pediatrician and public health practitioner. She worked for the New York City Department of Health from 1983 until 2004, when she joined the Preventive Medicine faculty of New Jersey Medical School (now part of Rutgers).  In 2010 she founded a residency in Preventive Medicine and Public Health, which will graduate its tenth class of Preventive Medicine physicians in June 2022.   Raised by a woman who was concerned about the environment beginning in the 1950s, Polly participated in the first Earth Day in 1970, studied ecology in college, and continues to emphasize environmental health to patients and students.  During 2007 she co-chaired the City of Summit New Jersey Sustainability Committee, helping write an action plan for Summit. She is proud to be part of the AAP New Jersey Committee on Environmental Health and Climate Change and hopes that together we can all make a difference.  

 Donald F. Weinbaum, MBA Donald Weinbaum is a consultant to the non-profit, health, corrections and housing sectors, who specializes in areas related to social determinants of health. His 45+ years of experience spans the fields of Public Health, Behavioral Health Care, and Criminal Justice.  Mr. Weinbaum began his career in health care and later transitioned into public health. His professional experience includes 24 years with the NJ Department of Health, in a  wide range of roles, and additional experience with the NJ State Parole Board. Following retirement from government service, Mr. Weinbaum served as Executive Director for The Council on Compulsive Gambling of NJ, Inc. and continues to advocate for prevention and community health education. Mr. Weinbaum holds an MBA in Health Care Administration from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and is a NJ Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor. He is the current President of the New Jersey Public Health Association and serves on numerous other boards and professional committees. 

 Judith Schmidt (Judy) is the CEO of the New Jersey State Nurses Association and the Institute for Nursing. Judy has received her Associate’s Degree in Applied Science from Ocean County College, a Bachelor’s degree in the Science of Nursing from Richard Stockton State College, a Master’s degree in the Science of Nursing from Seton Hall University and a  Doctoral degree in Health Care Administration/Health Policy (DHA) Program at Capella University. Judy has worked in various roles at Community Medical Center in Toms River NJ from Staff Nurse to Administrative Director.  She has also worked has a Clinical Instructor in Ocean County College and Seton Hall University’s nursing programs. She has presented on various topics including nursing politics to nursing schools, nursing associations and acute care hospitals.She has been active in the community and has served as a board member for several Nursing School Advisory Boards and Community Medical Center’s Board of Directors and Community Medical Center’s Foundation Board of Trustees.