Clinicians for Planetary Health (C4PH)

Physicians, nurses, and other health professionals are at the frontlines of protecting our health – therefore, they have a unique capacity to understand and communicate the shifting landscape of planetary health challenges and the strategies that individuals can take to safeguard their health and the health of the environment. The Clinicians for Planetary Health initiative is a global effort to galvanize health professionals, patients, and communities around planetary health through lifestyle modifications and activism.
Upcoming Events

August 2022 Clinicians Community Call

"The Depth and Breadth of our Clinician Community: The Importance of Working Together for Planetary Health"

We will be meeting again as a community Monday, August 29th at 9am PT - 12pm ET (UTC - 04:00) - 14:00 BRT (Brasil) - 5pm BST/WAT - 18:00 CET. This will be a gathering to meet each other and hear about updates from all around the world before our annual meeting in November. Our topic for discussion will be highlighting the roles of Indigenous and other traditional healers.

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Who we are:
- Clinicians are people providing healthcare for individuals and communities. This includes physicians, physician assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, midwives, dietitians, traditional healers, community health workers, and others.
- Over 1,000 clinicians from around the world have formally signed on to the Clinicians for Planetary Health initiative, expressing their commitment to addressing global environmental change and its health impacts. A subset of these individuals are involved in the Clinicians for Planetary Health working group.
- Over 30 partner organizations co-signed the global call-to-action released in The Lancet on Earth Day 2019, which called on health communities around the world to take action on planetary health.

Our approach:
- Developing outreach materials for healthcare settings that encourage individual- and community-level planetary health action, with an emphasis on health and environmental co-benefits
- Convening periodic calls to brainstorm, network, and exchange resources to build commitment to planetary health across the healthcare sector
- Sharing resources and stories of success through a newsletter, blog series, and podcast


More ways to join us!
PHA is thrilled to announce our new online platform for networking and sharing ideas: Hylo! Sign up with this link and be sure to join the C4PH group (it's separate from PHA main).

Our "Seedbox" of Open-Access Resources!
We’re pleased to present the “Seedbox”: an open-access repository of tools that you can use to bring planetary health into any clinical or health-related setting. This Google Drive folder (view-only) has some basic tools to help you start integrating planetary health into patient care. We also have submissions from our greater C4PH community; please see this link for all of the latest submissions. If you’d like to submit a resource yourself to the Seedbox, please do so using this form. Any questions? Please email pha@harvard.edu with the term “C4PH Seedbox” in the subject line.

Meet the C4PH Team

Teddie Potter

Clinicians for Planetary Health Chair

Dr. Teddie Potter is a Clinical Professor, the Specialty Coordinator of the Doctor of Nursing Practice in Health Innovation and Leadership, and the Director of Planetary Health at the University of Minnesota School of Nursing. She serves as the Chair of the Clinicians for Planetary Health (C4PH) initiative.

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Michael Xie

C4PH Outreach Coordinator

Michael serves as the Clinicians for Planetary Health outreach intern, working to build a global movement of clinicians invested in planetary health. He is an undergraduate at Harvard College studying history of science and global health. Michael has helped promote more sustainable practices in labs and clinics in the greater Boston area and is passionate about exploring the intersection between the environment and the concept of health.

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Nathan Uchtmann

Clinicians for Planetary Health Partnerships

Nathaniel Uchtmann is a Physician and Lawyer who currently works as an Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Hospitalist at Natividad Medical Center in Salinas, California. He completed a 2-year Global Health Fellowship through UCSF and graduated from residency training and medical school at the University of Illinois, where he also received his law degree and a master’s degree in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences. His advocacy work centers around ethically modelling ecology through highlighting our interdependency with healthy communities and a healthy planet.

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Professor Tatiana Souza de Camargo, PhD

Tatiana is a biologist and Associate Professor, researching and teaching about science education in different contexts (in schools, for community action, and health care) and for different public audiences (children, women farmers, indigenous populations and quilombos) aiming to promote scientific literacy as a key tool for exercising full citizenship.

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Enrique Falceto de Barros, MD

Family Doctor in a rural community in Brazil. Professor at Universidade de Caxias do Sul. Past-Chair of the Working Party on the Environment of the World Organization of Family Doctors (WONCA). Member of the planetary health group at Instituto de Estudos Avançados at the Universidade de São Paulo.

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Vanessa Goes, MSc

Vanessa Goes is an Integrative health professional and artist with a multidisciplinary approach. Dancer, Registered dietitian, Wellness mentor and Pilates instructor, operates within the fields of arts, health and education.

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Raquel Santiago

Nutritionist and Gastronome, Raquel Santiago is an associate professor at a Federal University in the Middle west of Brazil. She has a Ph.D. in Nutrition for Public Health and her projects address issues of Food, Biodiversity, and Human Health. She coordinates the Center for Culinary Science at FANUT - UFG.

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C4PH Partner Organizations

To join C4PH as a partner organization, please reach out to Nathan Uchtmann (nathaniel.uchtmann@gmail.com).
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Planetary Health Alliance

The Planetary Health Alliance is a consortium of over 300 universities, government entities, research institutes, and other partners around the world committed to understanding and addressing global environmental change and its health impacts.
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