Satellite Session Speakers

Higher Education for a Healthy Future: Creating a Competency Framework for Planetary Health

Carlos Faerron (lead)

Dr. Faerron is the co-founder and current director of the InterAmerican Center for Global Health (CISG). CISG is the first global health hub in Central America and seeks to redefine the meaning of leadership and global health through innovative educational approaches. Dr. Faerron began his career as a primary care doctor in a rural area of Costa Rica where he worked closely with migrant and indigenous populations. His work follows a health equity and human rights framework as a guiding principle and firmly believes in progress in health through community empowerment, research, and education. He obtained his medical degree at the University of Costa Rica, and his MSc. in International Health at Queen Mary University in Edinburgh and Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. Additional studies include Social Justice at the International Institute for Health and Development in Scotland and Social Innovation for Health from INCAE Business School. Dr. Faerron is a Fellow of the Central American Healthcare Initiative, adjunct faculty at the Department of Oral Health Policy and Epidemiology at Harvard University and at the University of Maryland Graduate School, and the Planetary Health Alliance Education Fellow.

Jonathan Patz, MD, MPH (co-facilitator)

Jonathan Patz, M.D., MPH, is director of the Global Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a professor and the John P. Holton Chair in Health and the Environment with appointments in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and the Department of Population Health Sciences. For 15 years, Patz served as a lead author for the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (or IPCC)—the organization that shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore. He also co-­chaired the health expert panel of the U.S. National Assessment on Climate Change, a report mandated by the U.S. Congress. Patz has written over 90 peer­‐reviewed scientific papers, a textbook addressing the health effects of global environmental change and co‐edited the five­‐volume Encyclopedia of Environmental Health (2011). He, most recently, co-edited “Climate Change and Public Health” (2015, Oxford University Press) and is leading a Massive Open Online Course “Climate Change Policy and Public Health.” He has been invited to brief both houses of Congress and has served on several scientific committees of the National Academy of Sciences. Patz served as Founding President of the International Association for Ecology and Health.

Teddie Potter, PhD, RN, FAAN (co-facilitator)

Dr. Potter is deeply committed to climate change education including co-founding Health Professionals for a Healthy Planet, membership in the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments, and membership on the American Academy of Nursing Environment and Public Health Expert Panel. She is a member of the Coordinating Committee of Columbia University’s Global Consortium on Climate and Health Education and a Fellow in the Institute on the Environment at the University of Minnesota. At the University, Dr. Potter designed and co-teaches an interdisciplinary course titled “The Global Climate Challenge: Creating an Empowered Movement for Change”. In addition, she co-leads an Academic Health Center initiative titled, “Climate Change and Health: An Interprofessional Response.” Dr. Potter is a member of the Vision Team and board or directors for Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light. She deeply believes that people of faith have a very important role to play in restoring the health of our planet.

High-Impact Initiatives to Save the Planet and Ourselves

Keith Martin, MD, PC (lead and moderator)

Dr. Martin is a physician who, since Sept. 2012, has served as the founding Executive Director of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) based in Washington, DC. The Consortium is a rapidly growing organization of over 170 academic institutions from around the world. It harnesses the capabilities of these institutions across research, education, advocacy and service to address global challenges. It is particularly focused on improving health outcomes for the global poor and strengthening academic global health programs.

Jonathan Patz, MD, MPH

Jonathan Patz, M.D., MPH, is director of the Global Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a professor and the John P. Holton Chair in Health and the Environment with appointments in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and the Department of Population Health Sciences. For 15 years, Patz served as a lead author for the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (or IPCC)—the organization that shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore. He also co-­chaired the health expert panel of the U.S. National Assessment on Climate Change, a report mandated by the U.S. Congress. Patz has written over 90 peer­‐reviewed scientific papers, a textbook addressing the health effects of global environmental change and co‐edited the five­‐volume Encyclopedia of Environmental Health (2011). He, most recently, co-edited “Climate Change and Public Health” (2015, Oxford University Press) and is leading a Massive Open Online Course “Climate Change Policy and Public Health.” He has been invited to brief both houses of Congress and has served on several scientific committees of the National Academy of Sciences. Patz served as Founding President of the International Association for Ecology and Health.

Jennifer Miller, PhD

Jeni Miller is Executive Director of the Global Climate and Health Alliance, where she co-ordinates the joint efforts of national, regional and global health NGOs addressing climate change. The Alliance works to minimize the health impacts of climate change and to maximize the health co-benefits of climate strategies, through leadership, advocacy, policy, research, and engagement; and Miller co-chairs the WHO-Civil Society Working Group on Climate and Health. In addition to her role at the Alliance, Dr. Miller currently serves as Chair-Elect of the Environment Section of the American Public Health Association. She has two decades’ experience working on place-based, policy- and systems-change strategies to improve community environments for health, on leading initiatives addressing childhood asthma prevention, obesity prevention, climate change, health equity, and healthy community redevelopment. Miller received her doctorate from the University of California – Berkeley.

Philip J. Landrigan, MD, MS

Dr. Philip J. Landrigan is a pediatrician, public health physician and epidemiologist. His research uses the tools of epidemiology to elucidate connections between toxic chemicals and human health, especially the health of infants and children. He is particularly interested in understanding how toxic chemicals injure the developing brains and nervous systems of children and in translating this knowledge into public policy to protect health. From 2015 to 2017, he co-chaired the Lancet Commission on Pollution & Health, which reported that pollution causes 9 million deaths annually and is an existential threat to planetary health. To continue the work of the Lancet Commission on Pollution & Health, he is now directing the Global Observatory on Pollution and Health at Boston College.

Jennifer Lane, DVM, MPH

Jennie works with the One Health Institute as a Field Veterinarian helping support a variety of projects in East Africa.   These include the USAID  PREDICT-2 project in Ethiopia and Tanzania as well as a Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Livestock Systems funded project on young stock mortality in Ethiopia.  Jennie also coordinates course logistics and curriculum development for One Health Institute flagship experiential learning course, Rx One Health.  She joined UC Davis in 2017 after completing a two year fellowship with the Congressional Hunger Center, where she was placed with Land O’Lakes International Development.  During the fellowship she provided technical support to a variety of USAID, USDA and BMGF funded projects working with livestock and small holder farmers, and researched the pathways of impact of livestock projects on household livelihood and nutrition outcomes.  She also co-led a year-long livestock, animal source foods and household nutrition learning series, in collaboration with ILRI and IFPRI. 

Building a Planetary Health Regional Hub

Sandeep Bhupendra Maharaj, MBA, DBA (lead)

Dr. Sandeep B. Maharaj is currently the Director of the Entrepreneurship and Business Transformation Office of the Faculty of Medical Sciences (FMS) at the University of the West Indies (UWI). He is also the Associate Dean for Distance Education, Projects and Planning for the FMS, UWI and a Lecturer in Pharmacy Administration. His qualifications include- BSc. Pharmacy (Honours), Master of Business Administration and Doctorate in Business Administration. To date he has twenty four (24) publications in international peer reviewed journals and has presented and attended numerous international conferences. Two of note are the United Nations Congress of Parties 24 in Poland 2018, as a national delegate and the Health System Global Conference in Liverpool 2018, winning the Pan American Health Organization Scholarship and the only researcher from the Latin American and Caribbean region chosen for oral presentation. In the realm of public service locally he has served as the Deputy Chairman of the Eastern Regional Health Authority, Chairman of the National Health Services Company and currently serves on the Council Related to Medical Professionals and The National Poison Information Centre Board. Internationally Dr. Maharaj serves on the Caribbean Centre for Health Systems.

Erika Veidis

Erika Veidis serves as the Member Engagement and Outreach Manager of the Planetary Health Alliance, working to grow the planetary health community of practice, coordinate global educational efforts, develop global student initiatives, and build public education and outreach-focused projects. Before joining the Planetary Health Alliance, Erika graduated from Harvard University in 2015 with a B.A. in Government and Mind/Brain/Behavior and received an M.B.A. from the California Polytechnic State University in 2016. She has had experience across a range of topics, including political insecurity and governance, social movements, environmental economics, and conservation.

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