There is a growing body of resources relating to planetary health. Below we’ve included some of the resources that we have found helpful.
Affiliated Student Organizations
Medical Students for a Sustainable Future (MS4SF) is a network of medical students in the United States who recognize climate change as an urgent threat to health and social justice and is focused on catalyzing action to prevent and address the health harms of climate change. As of 2020, the Planetary Health Report Card Initiative operates under their umbrella.
Students for Global Health is a youth-led advocacy organisation in the UK working for a fair and just world in which health equity is a reality for all. Over the course of the 2020/21 year, SfGH’s major theme for their campaigning will be climate change and health and a key component of this work will be getting climate change on the curriculum for all medical schools. Students for Global Health is a partner of the Planetary Health Report Card Initiative. If you’d like to follow up the PHRC report cards with campaigning for climate change and health to be on the curriculum at your university, just get in touch with your local SfGH branch or the national team at email@example.com.
Human Health and Climate Change (HHCC) is an interdisciplinary student organization at the University of California, San Francisco made up of medical, pharmacy, nursing and dentistry students focused on creating awareness and enacting change at the intersection of climate change and health.
Resources for Curriculum and Education
If you are interested in incorporating Climate Change and Health into your medical school curriculum please reference MS4SF’s Guide to Climate and Health Curriculum Reform in Medical Schools. This Guide includes example syllabi for courses, Problem Based Learning, and electives. It can be found under the “Curriculum” Section on our home webpage.
If you have been working on a curriculum and would like for it to be included in our guide please upload the appropriate documents here. We are also accepting letters to deans, lecture PowerPoints, or proposals related to implementing Climate and Health curriculum in medical schools.
We will contact you by email if we decide to include your submission in our guide. Thank you so much and we look forward to expanding Climate and Health curriculum resources for medical schools! Any questions and/or feedback can be directed to the Co-Curriculum Chairs of MS4SF (Natasha Sood, firstname.lastname@example.org and Sarah Hsu, email@example.com).
The Planetary Health Alliance hosts a wealth of open-access, globally-accessible educational resources, including general resources and resources specific to various levels of education. They’ve also compiled educational resources according to according to content area linked to directly below:
- Water scarcity
- Changing food systems
- Biodiversity shifts
- Natural disasters
- Climate change
- Changing land use and land cover
- Global pollution
- Changing biogeochemical flows
- Non-communicable disease
- Infectious disease
- Mental health
- Civil Strife and Displacement
The Global Consortium on Climate and Health Education (GCCHE) is a division of the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. The GCCHE has convened an advisory council of global experts to prepare resources for all schools of medicine, nursing, and public health to use in teaching the health impacts of climate change. Their website contains a compilation of educational resources, including textbooks, videos, syllabi, program plans, MOOCs and online courses for educators. We’ve included some direct links to these resources and others below:
- Courses and resources
- Reports and articles
- Jobs, internships, funding and calls for papers
The Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment is a Canadian-based nonprofit organization dedicated to the intersections of health and environmental issues. They have developed a Climate Change Toolkit for Health Professionals, consisting of eight standalone modules. The toolkit is a helpful tool for healthcare professionals and students who want to engage with climate change as learners, educators, or advocates.
This set of nine short slide decks created by the University of Minnesota can be utilized to introduce the connection between climate change and health to health professionals. They are intended to be used by instructors and programs when teaching about the connection between climate and health in existing courses. Topics include:
Resources Related to Research and Data
The Lancet Planetary Health, is a gold open access journal that publishes peer reviewed research and reviews as well as comment and reportage broadly encompassing sustainable development (the SDG’s) and global environmental change.
The Lancet Countdown is a collaboration of over 120 leading experts from academic institutions and UN agencies across the globe, bringing together climate scientists, engineers, energy specialists, economists, political scientists, public health professionals and doctors. Each year the findings of this collaboration are published annually in medical journal The Lancet ahead of the UN climate change negotiations, with the aim of describing how climate change is affecting health, the consequences of delayed action and the health benefits of a robust response. The 2019 report, along with previous reports, are available here.
The Climate Health Alliance was formed in 2011. Alliance members are health and development organizations from around the world, united by a shared vision of a sustainable future. Members support efforts in leadership, advocacy, policy, research, and education. Their website contains a library of documents and materials produced by Alliance members and colleagues in the health sector. The materials cover a variety of themes around the topic of the impact of climate change on health including:
The Climate Impact Lab is a unique collaboration of 30 climate scientists, economists, computational experts, researchers, analysts and students from leading research institutions. They use a data driven approach to quantify climate impacts and provide quality health research.
Practice Greenhealth is one of the health care sector’s go-to sources for information, tools, data, resources, and expert technical support on sustainability initiatives. Their website contains a number of tools and resources to be utilized by hospitals, health care systems and health care providers seeking to reduce their environmental footprint.
Greener Practice is a group of GPs, medical students and others in the UK who recognise that the climate crisis is the leading public health issue of our generation. It aims to be a one stop shop for GPs to engage with decarbonisation, encompassing a wide range of resources for GPs to support them in their decarbonisation journey.
The Centre for Sustainable Healthcare is a charity supporting the NHS and other health systems to reach net zero carbon and wider sustainability through transformation of clinical specialties and green space programmes. They have excellent education resources for medical educators, have a sustainable primary care network forum and run various courses such as:
- Introduction to Sustainable Healthcare
- Sustainable Quality Improvement
- Teaching Sustainable Quality Improvement
- Carbon Footprinting for Healthcare
- Green Space for Health
- Public Health Leadership for Sustainability
- Sustainable General Practice
- Sustainable Dentistry
The Centre for Sustainable Healthcare SusQI website is an invaluable open access learning resource launched in November 2020. It is a toolkit for integrating sustainability into your quality improvement project or teaching. It is extremely comprehensive and includes project resources, educator packs and case studies.
Irish Doctors for the Environment (IDE) is a group of doctors and medical students in the Irish Healthcare System, encompassing a broad spectrum of specialties who all believe in one thing: environmental health is human health. The group aims to create awareness, interest and implement action around environment health and the impact it has on patients’ health.
Health Declares is grassroots group of healthcare professionals, lobbying our institutions to declare a climate & ecological emergency, and take action.