2017 Annual Meeting

APRIL 28-30, 2017
BOSTON, MA

The goal of the inaugural Planetary Health / GeoHealth Annual Meeting is to bring together a diverse group of students, investigators, instructors, policy makers, and other interested individuals who are committed to understanding and communicating the human health impacts of global environmental change. Our objective is to showcase the extraordinary momentum that is taking place around the world in the field of planetary health while highlighting institutional developments, emerging investigators, research developments, and applications to policy-making and natural resource management.  Our expectation is that a diverse group will take from this meeting a sense of excitement about the quality and importance of work being done in planetary health, a new cohesiveness as a community dedicated to furthering these issues in collaboration with each other, and a commitment to continuing to grow this rapidly emerging field together.

Abstracts

Accepted abstracts were presented as oral or poster presentations at the Annual Meeting, and a selected group were published by The Lancet in a booklet of “Top Abstracts in Planetary Health” released in conjunction with the Annual Meeting. To read the top abstracts click here.

Agenda and Recordings

OPENING REMARKS

Opening Remarks,” Jonathan Patz, Professor and John P. Holton Chair of Health and the Environment; Director, Global Health Institute, University of Wisconsin {read here} 

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WELCOME & MEETING OVERVIEW

0:00-1:45Introductory remarks, Samuel Myers, Senior Research Scientist, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; Director, Planetary Health Alliance
1:50-6:32: “Welcome from Harvard University,” Michelle Williams, Dean of Faculty, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
8:02-19:20: “Welcome from The Rockefeller Foundation,” Michael Myers, Managing Director, The Rockefeller Foundation
20:40-39:48: “What is Planetary Health and Why Now,” Howard Frumkin, Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, University of Washington School of Public Health {VIDEO} {Presentation slides}
40:00-50:52: “Welcome from the Planetary Health Alliance,” Samuel Myers, Senior Research Scientist, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; Director, Planetary Health Alliance {VIDEO}
51:00-56:37: “Welcome from the Planetary Health Alliance,” Amalia Almada, Senior Program Manager, Planetary Health Alliance {VIDEO}

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SESSION I: “WHO’S DOING WHAT WHERE? AN ILLUSTRATIVE UPDATE FROM INSTITUTIONS FOCUSED ON PLANETARY HEALTH AROUND THE WORLD”

0:48-4:59: Introductory remarks, Liz Grant [moderator], Director, Global Health Academy, The University of Edinburgh
5:02-14:37: “University Leadership in Advancing Planetary Health,” Genevive Meredith, Associate Director MPH & International Programs Lecturer, Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine {VIDEO{Presentation slides}
15:38-24:46: “International Collaboration in Planetary Health Education, Using Modern Tools and Platforms,” Sara Stone, Planetary Health Education Fellow, Planetary Health Alliance {VIDEO{Presentation slides}
25:56-41:57: “Sharpening Focus on Health Challenges Through Global Commissions,” Philip Landrigan, Dean for Global Health, Professor and Chair of Preventive Medicine, and Professor of Pediatrics at Mount Sinai School of Medicine {VIDEO}
42:05-1:02:16: Q&A

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SESSION I PANEL DISCUSSION: “PLANETARY HEALTH AS A UNIFYING FRAMEWORK FOR MULTILATERAL ORGANIZATIONS”

0:00-2:08: Introductory remarks, Montira Pongsiri [moderator], Senior Research Associate, Planetary Health Science Policy, Cornell University
2:17-7:50: Timothy Bouley, Global Health and Environmental Specialist, World Bank {Remarks not available}
8:17-12:57: Fanny Demassieux, Environment and Health/Pollution Coordinator of the United Nations Environment Programme; Head of the Pollution and Health Unit {VIDEO}
14:01-20:17: Joy Shumake-Guillemot, WHO/WMO Climate and Health Office, Officer-in-Charge, WMO, Geneva {VIDEO}
21:13-25:40: Natalia Linou, Policy Specialist, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) {VIDEO} {Presentation notes}
25:45-48:34: Q&A

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SESSION II: “THE CUTTING EDGE: NEW FINDINGS IN PLANETARY HEALTH SCIENCE”

0:03-5:52: Introductory remarks, Clare Matterson [moderator], Special Advisor, Wellcome Trust
5:57-16:10: “Promoting Ecologically-Based Approaches to Preventing Disease: A Story of Dams, Snails, and Schistosomiasis,” Sanna Sokolow, Associate Research Biologist, Stanford University, Hopkins Marine Stations and Giulio De Leo, Professor of Biology, Stanford University, Hopkins Marine Station; Senior Fellow, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment {VIDEO} {Presentation slides}
16:17-25:30: “Fall in Fish Catch Threatens Human Health,” Chris Golden, Research Scientist, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; Associate Director, Planetary Health Alliance {VIDEO} {Presentation slides}
26:42-35:00: “Informing Land Use and Fire Management Strategies to Mitigate Air Pollution in Southeast Asia,” Miriam Marlier, Postdoctoral Research Scientist,
Department of Geography, University of California, Los Angeles; Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology, Columbia University {VIDEO}
36:15-44:30: “Promoting Planetary Health Through Development of Sustainable, Urban Environments,” Paul Wilkinson, Professor of Environmental Epidemiology, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine {VIDEO}
44:30-1:02:32: Q&A

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SESSION III: “RESEARCH SPEED TALKS”

0:00-2:47: Introductory remarks, Alex Ezeh [moderator], Executive Director, African Population Research Center
2:54-7:57: “Child Linear Growth After a Natural Disaster,” Duncan Thomas, Professor of Economics, Duke University {VIDEO}
8:26-12:48: “Climate Change Impact on Malaria in Africa,” Noriko Endo, Ph.D. and M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology {VIDEO} {Presentation slides}
13:14-17:45: “Securing Sustainable and Nutritious Food Systems Through Mainstreaming Agricultural Biodiversity,” Ann Tutwiler, Director General, Bioversity International {VIDEO} {Presentation slides}
18:12-23:15: “The Seasonal and Climatic Determinants of Access to Care: Implications for Measles Outbreak Risk in Madagascar,” C. Jessica E. Metcalf, Assistant Professor of Ecology, Evolutionary Biology & Public Affairs, Princeton University {VIDEO} {Presentation slides}
23:45-27:38: “Measuring the Impacts of Anthropogenic CO2 Emissions on Global Nutrient Intakes,” Matthew Smith, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health {VIDEO} {Presentation slides}
28:00-32:45: “Development of a Dietary Environmental Index to Assess Nutritional Quality Versus Environmental Impact for Foods and Dietary Patterns,” Naglaa El-Abbadi, Doctoral candidate, MPH, Friedman School of Nutrition at Tufts University and USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging {VIDEO} {Presentation slides}
33:10-38:16: “Drought and Risk of Hospital Admissions and Mortality in Western U.S. Older Adults from 2000-2013: A Retrospective Study,” Jesse Berman, Postdoctoral fellow, PhD, Johns Hopkins University {VIDEO} {Presentation slides}
38:24-1:08:28: Q&A

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SESSION IV: “AN EARTH’S WORTH OF NEW JOURNALS SUPPORTING PLANETARY HEALTH”

2:35-8:50: Introductory remarks, Josh Tewskbury [moderator], Director of Colorado Global Hub, Future Earth
8:52-13:05: “The Lancet Planetary Health,” Richard Horton, Editor-in-Chief, The Lancet {VIDEO}
13:10-17:05: “The Lancet Planetary Health,” Raffaella Bosurgi, Editor, The Lancet Planetary Health {VIDEO}
17:40-28:03: “The GeoHealth Journal,” Brooks Hanson, Director of Publications, American Geophysical Union {VIDEO} {Presentation slides}
29:15-40:15: “The Lancet Countdown: Tracking Connections Between Public Health and Climate Change,” Nick Watts, Executive Director, The Lancet Countdown: Tracking Progress on Health and Climate Change {VIDEO} {Presentation slides}
40:21-55:47: Q&A

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SESSION V: “APPLYING PLANETARY HEALTH SCIENCE TOWARDS POLICY AND ACTION”

0:00- 5:30: Introductory remarks, Steve Osofsky [moderator], Jay Hyman Professor of Wildlife Health & Health Policy, Cornell University
5:32-13:37: “How Lyme Disease Can Be Mitigated Through Land Use Policy at the County Level,” Josh Ginsberg, President, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies {VIDEO}{Presentation slides}
14:37-25:22: “How Co-Benefits of Healthy and Sustainable Diets Can Support Food Security,” Walter Willett, Professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health {VIDEO} {Presentation slides}
26:43-35:08: “Using Planetary Health Science to Protect the Peatlands of Indonesia,” Budi Wardhana, Deputy Head, National Peatland Restoration Agency of Indonesia {VIDEO} {Presentation slides}
36:48-47:50: “Building the Resilience of Coastal Communities in the Face of Climate Change,” Robin Bronen, Executive Director, Alaskan Institute for Justice; Senior Research Scientist, University of Alaska Fairbanks {VIDEO} {Presentation slides}
48:59-59:00: “Watershed Condition and Childhood Health: Global Relationships and Policy Opportunities,” Taylor Ricketts, Director, Gund Institute; Gund Professor, Rubenstein School, University of Vermont {VIDEO} {Presentation slides}
59:07-1:14:36: Q&A

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SESSION VI: MAKING CHANGE

“Three Seconds,” Spencer Sharp, Film4Climate Global Video Competition

0:12-4:32: Introductory remarks, Tim Wirth [moderator], Vice Chair and former President, United Nations Foundation; Vice Chair, Better World Fund; Former U.S. Senator, Colorado
4:39-21:26: “Building Change Through Story: Theory of Social Movements,” Marshall Ganz, Senior Lecturer in Public Policy, Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Harvard Kennedy School of Government {VIDEO} {Presentation Notes}
22:13-30:41: “Mothers Fighting Climate Change: A Grassroots Success Story,” Kelsey Wirth, Founder, Mothers Out Front {VIDEO} {Presentation Notes}
31:30-45:00: “Culture-Rooted Action: What We Can Learn from Indigenous Movements,” Eriel Deranger, Communication Coordinator & Executive Assistant, Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation {VIDEO}
46:10-58:35: “Movement-Building for Nerdy Folk,” Courtney Howard, Emergency Physician, Yellowknife; Vice President, Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment {VIDEO} {Presentation slides}
58:45-1:09:13: Q&A

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CLOSING REFLECTIONS & WHAT’S NEXT

“Closing Reflections and What’s Next,” Gina McCarthy, Former EPA Chief Administrator; Spring Fellow Institute of Politics, Harvard Kennedy School

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