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Medical Education for Human & Planetary Health

Climate change, pollution, biodiversity loss, and other environmental changes are creating new disease patterns, threats to mental health, malnutrition, and safety risks. These unprecedented challenges impact communities across the world – especially lower-income settings. Health professionals need new approaches to diagnosis, treatment, and advocacy to respond. We have curated resources to support health professionals in taking action for human and planetary health —  in the clinic and beyond.

Commentary: Advocating for Climate Change in Medical Education
This commentary in The Lancet Planetary Health was written by Stanford medical students and faculty and outlines a longitudinal approach to climate and equity education throughout medical training. Learn more.

Physician’s Guide to Climate Change, Health and Equity
The Physician’s Guide to Climate Change, Health and Equity from the Center for Climate Change and Health aims to strengthen and inform physician’s voices as trusted health professionals on climate change, health and equity. Learn more.

Stanford Climate and Health 
A group of Stanford faculty and students committed to addressing both climate change’s impact on health and the health care system’s impact on climate change. This group aims to make Stanford the world leader in achieving decarbonization and resilience in health care. View the website.

Planetary Health Report Card
This report card was developed by Medical Students for a Sustainable Future, a medical student driven initiative designed to inspire medical schools to introduce climate change and planetary health into their curricula, expand research efforts, engage with communities most affected by climate change and environmental injustice, and support students who are passionate about organizing around planetary health. View the report card.

Medical Society Consortium for Climate and Health
The Medical Society Consortium for Climate and Health, led by Stanford’s Dr. Lisa Patel and advised by Stanford’s Dr. Barbara Erny, brings together associations representing more than 700,000 clinical practitioners to act on climate change and its health threats.Visit the website.

Climate Health Now
Climate Health Now is an advocacy organization composed of doctors, nurses, health professionals, and health students in California taking on the climate crisis in order to protect patients and the environment. Visit the website.

Physicians for Social Responsibility
SF Bay Physicians for Social Responsibility works to protect human life from the gravest threats to health and survival. They promote public policies that protect human health from the threats of nuclear war and other weapons of mass destruction, global environmental degradation, climate change, the epidemic of gun violence, and other social injustices in society today. Visit the website.

Clinicians for Planetary Health
The Clinicians for Planetary Health initiative is a global effort of the Planetary Health Alliance to galvanize health professionals, patients, and communities around planetary health through lifestyle modifications and activism. Learn more.