Clinicians for Planetary Health (C4PH)

*Updated* Our latest event was our satellite event Sunday, April 25th, 2:30pm-4:00pm EDT as part of the Planetary Health Annual Meeting! This workshop explored the role of trusted thought leadership and how the public’s trust can be leveraged to promote transformation of human behaviors to improve not only human health but the health of the planet. Please see this link for our recording and join our online community on Hylo here!

The workshop included:
● The evidence behind health care providers as a trusted source
● Drawdown and emphasis on scaling solutions through trusted sources
● The Great Transition and an opportunity to transform health care
● Introduction of patient facing materials in the Planetary Health “seed box”
● Tailoring conversations and materials for different ages, education, languages, geographies
● Regional Hub involvement in patient education
● Audience participation (Breakout rooms)
● Next steps for C4PH
● New C4PH engagement pathways such as individual PHA membership and the new Online Members Community on Hylo

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.
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 700 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

Meet the C4PH Team

Hannah Nash

Clinicians for Planetary Health Outreach

Hannah Nash serves as the Clinicians for Planetary Health Outreach Manager, helping to build a community of clinicians engaged in planetary health. She has a longstanding passion for understanding the intersection of human health and the environment. Hannah graduated from Dartmouth College with a degree in biology and a concentration in human health and ecology.


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.


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.


Michael Xie

C4PH Outreach Intern

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.


C4PH Partner Organizations

To join C4PH as a partner organization, please reach out to Nathan Uchtmann (




Planetary Health Alliance

The Planetary Health Alliance is a consortium of over 120 dedicated universities, NGOs, government entities, research institutes, and other partners around the world committed to advancing planetary health.
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