Courtney Howard   Steering Committee    Dr Courtney...
Courtney Howard
Steering Committee

Dr Courtney Howard is an Emergency Physician in Yellowknives Dene Territory in Canada’s subarctic, a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Calgary, and a Community Research Fellow in Planetary Health at the Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research. The Vice-Chair of the Global Climate and Health Alliance, Dr Howard has researched menstrual cups and wildfires, and led policy work and advocacy regarding ecoanxiety, vaccine equity, active transport, plant-rich diets, fossil fuel divestment, carbon pricing, coal phase-out, hydraulic fracturing and with regards to Canada’s Oil Sands. She led the 2017-2019 Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change Briefings for Canadian Policymakers and was the 2018 International Policy Director for the Lancet Countdown.  

Dr Howard was the first woman president of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment, and sits on the board of the Canadian Medical Association, and the Communications and Advocacy Subcommittee of the WHO-Civil Society Working Group on Climate Change and Health. She recently completed a Master of Public Policy Degree at the Blavatnik School of Government at Oxford University where she focused on using a planetary health lens to facilitate the transition to economies centered around wellbeing. She is part of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Lancet Planetary Health and the Journal of Climate Change and Health. Her book, provisionally entitled, “Living Well in a Feverish World: the Planetary Health Pivot,” will be published by Bloomsbury Press in 2025. She has two young daughters and loves to dance.


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