Workshop Speakers

Restructuring Universities to Support Planetary Health

Steve Luby, PhD (lead)

Dr. Luby serves as the Director for Research of Stanford’s Center for Innovation in Global Health. He is also appointed as a Professor of Medicine (Infectious Diseases) and a Senior Fellow to Stanford’s Woods Institute for the Environment and the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. Dr. Luby has worked full time on research on low income countries for the last 25 years including living in Pakistan for 5 years and Bangladesh for 8 years. Dr. Luby is a prolific researcher who is particularly interested in developing and evaluating approaches to counter the perverse incentives where people earn money by destroying the environment and health.

Jonathan Patz, MD, MPH (moderator)

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.

Rebekah Brown, PhD

Professor Rebekah Brown is the Senior Vice Provost and Vice-Provost (Research) for Monash University. She is the immediate past Director of MSDI (2015-2018) and is the Director of the Revitalising Informal Settlements and their Environments (RISE) program. As a social scientist with a background as a civil engineer, Rebekah is a pioneer of interdisciplinary research across the social and biophysical sciences in sustainable water management. She co-founded the water sensitive cities research platform at Monash University as a sustainable development solution to urban water challenges globally. Rebekah was then instrumental in the establishment of the $120M (AUD) Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities and was its inaugural Chief Research Officer. Rebekah’s research is focused on understanding the social and institutional transformations required to accelerate transitions to more liveable, resilient and sustainable cities. 

Patricia Conrad, DVM, PhD

Patricia Conrad DVM, PhD is the Associate Dean for Global Programs at the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis and Co-Director of the 10 campus system-wide UC Global Health Institute. Dr. Conrad is a Distinguished Professor of Parasitology whose research focuses on the transmission of protozoal parasites between wildlife, humans and domestic animals; taking a One Health approach which addresses the interconnectedness of humans, animals, plants and the environment. She received her DVM degree from Colorado State University and PhD from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. Dr. Conrad is a member of the National Academy of Medicine, and a Fellow in the American Academy of Microbiology and American Association of the Advancement of Science. She received the American Veterinary Medical Association Lifetime Excellence in Research Award in 2017, UC Davis Chancellor’s Award for International Engagement in 2018, and the Lifetime Achievement Award for Babesiosis Research in 2019.

Ann Kurth, PhD, CNM, MPH, FAAN

Ann Kurth, PhD, CNM, MPH, FAAN is Dean, and Linda Koch Lorimer Professor, Yale University School of Nursing. Dr. Kurth is an elected Fellow of the Institute of Medicine (National Academy of Medicine) and a member of the 2014-2018 US Preventive Services Task Force, which sets screening and primary care prevention guidelines for the United States. Dr. Kurth is chair of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health. An epidemiologist and clinically-trained nurse-midwife, Dr. Kurth’s research focuses on HIV/reproductive health and global health system strengthening. Her work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIAID, NIDA, NIMH, NICHD), the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, UNAIDS, CDC, HRSA, and others, for studies conducted in the United States and internationally.  Dr. Kurth has consulted for the NIH, Gates Foundation, WHO, USAID and CDC, among others. 

Lucy Shapiro, PhD

Lucy Shapiro is a Professor in the Department of Developmental Biology at Stanford University School of Medicine where she holds the Virginia and D. K. Ludwig Chair and is the Director of Stanford’s Beckman Center for Molecular & Genetic Medicine. She is a member of the Lawrence Berkeley National Labs Scientific Advisory Board and is a member of the Board of Directors of Pacific Biosciences, Inc. She co-founded the anti-infectives discovery company, Anacor Pharmaceuticals, that was recently sold to Pfizer. She has co-founded a second company, Boragen, providing novel antifungals for agriculture and the environment. In 2013 President Obama awarded her the US National Medal of Science. She is an elected member of the US National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Medicine, and the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.

System Acupuncture: Addressing the Complexity in Planetary Wellbeing

Banny Banerjee

Banny Banerjee is the Director and Founder of ChangeLabs. Banny has worked in the field of Innovation and Design for 30 years. He is well known for his pioneering work in design thinking and more recently his advanced systems based innovation methodology and Systems Leadership models for large-scale transformations in multi-dimensional challenges. The trans-disciplinary nature of his work, which combines design thinking, technology strategy, business innovation, applied social psychology, behavioral economics, diffusion theory, and resilience theory, is pioneering the formation of a new type of innovation: “Systems Innovation.” Banny teaches system transformation, business innovation, design thinking, and leadership at Stanford University. His research initiatives are centered on processes, paradigms, and integrated strategies to address complex challenges such as the future of water, energy, governance systems, and organizational transformations.

Rock Your Interview, Nail Your Pitch: Communications for Change in Planetary Health

Courtney Howard, MD (lead)

Dr. Courtney Howard is an Emergency Physician in Canada’s subarctic, and board President of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE). She was the first author on the 2017 and 2018 Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change Briefings for Canadian Policymakers as well as being the 2018 International Policy Director for the Lancet Countdown.Dr Howard has led research into menstrual cups and wildfires, and participated in policy work and advocacy regarding active transport, plant-rich diets, health impact assessments, divestment, carbon pricing, coal phase-out, and hydraulic fracturing. She sits on the boards of the Canadian Medical Association, Health in Harmony, and the Global Climate and Health Alliance, is part of the WHO-Civil Society Working Group on Climate Change and Health, and is on the Planetary Health Alliance’s steering committee. Fall 2019 she begins coordinating global planetary health policy engagement and advocacy with start-up CODAchange. Onwards!

Melissa Lem, MD, CCFP, FCFP

Dr. Melissa Lem is a Vancouver family physician who also works in rural and remote communities across Canada. As a board member of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment and strategic advisor to the BC Parks Foundation, she has been involved in advocacy work on a broad range of issues including climate change, forest fires, fracking and LNG, and the nature-health connection. Her writings on the environment and human well-being have been published by national media including the Vancouver Sun, Toronto Star, Montreal Gazette, National Observer and Alternatives Journal. A senior writer for the CBC, she was the resident medical expert on CBC TV’s hit lifestyle show Steven and Chris for four seasons and continues to educate diverse audiences on air. She was the inaugural winner of University College’s Young Alumni of Influence Award at the University of Toronto, and holds a faculty appointment at the University of British Columbia.

Seema Yasmin, MD

Seema Yasmin is an Emmy Award-winning reporter, medical doctor and author. She is Director of Research and Education for the Stanford Health Communication Initiative and Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at Stanford. Dr. Yasmin trained in journalism at the University of Toronto and in medicine at the University of Cambridge.

Jonathan Jennings, MS, MA

After completing his M.S. in Conservation Biology and Applied Ecology in the U.S., he spent several formative years in Japan and then flew to post-conflict Kosovo where he volunteered for two years with a grassroots organization working with Roma Gypsy communities inside embattled Serbian enclaves. He later joined Save the Children in the UK and earned his M.A. in International Politics and Security at Bradford University. In 2005, he joined Doctors Without Borders / Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), spending the next decade managing medical programs inside conflict zones and humanitarian crises including South Sudan, Ethiopia, India, Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, Liberia, and elsewhere. He spent four years as Deputy Executive Director for MSF Canada. Responding to crises like Ebola Virus outbreak, the Syrain conflict, and famine in the Horn of Africa – all of which have (in)direct root causes in climate change – he realized he was going to work every day to address the humanitarian fallout of a sick planet. So, in 2017, Jennings transitioned into the role of Executive Director at Health In Harmony, a planetary health organization that works at the intersection of human health and ecosystem integrity in order to reverse deforestation of tropical rain forests and curb global heating.

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.

Becoming a Planetary Health Professional: Theory to Practice

Teddie Potter, PhD, RN, FAAN (lead)

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.

Paul S. Auerbach, MD, MS, FACEP, MFAWM, FAAEM

Paul S. Auerbach, MD, MS, FACEP, MFAWM, FAAEM is the Redlich Family Professor Emeritus in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Stanford University School of Medicine, and Adjunct Professor of Military/Emergency Medicine at the F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. He is co-author of Enviromedics: The Impact of Climate Change on Human Health, editor of the textbook Wilderness Medicine, and author of Medicine for the Outdoors. Dr. Auerbach is a founder of the Wilderness Medical Society, member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and serves on the National Medical Committee for the National Ski Patrol System. He was a first responder to the earthquakes in Haiti (2010) and Nepal (2015) and is visiting scholar at the National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health.

Enrique Barros, MD

Enrique Barros is a doctor in a rural under-served community in Southern Brazil, Professor of Medicine in the Universidade de Caxias do Sul, and Chair of the Working Party on the Environment of the World Organization of Family Doctors (WONCA). He is also aWONCA Air Health Train-the-Trainer program participant and co-author of the The Lancet Countdown 2018 Briefing for Brazilian Policymakers. Enrique is currently developing methods to introduce Planetary Health into the medical and life sciences curriculum and serves as a co-organizer of the Porto Alegre Symposium on Planetary Health. Enrique loves to walk in the forest nearby his home, swim in the waterfalls with his wife and two children, and to be surprised by the always changing local biodiversity.

Nathaniel Uchtmann, MD, JD, MS

Nathaniel Uchtmann grew up on a family farm in Illinois, where formative experiences shaped a deep respect for natural beauty and complexity. Building on that important early exposure to “real-world interconnectivity”, he also greatly enjoyed classroom opportunities to study connections through college coursework in Natural Sciences, Humanities, and Romantic Poetry. After completing his undergraduate degree at Southern Illinois University, he volunteered for one year in Kenya, which confirmed the suspicion that “unity through diversity” and “global citizenship” were not empty abstractions, but well worth pursuing. Afterwards, he completed a Law Degree, Master’s Degree in Environmental Sciences, and Medical Degree at the University of Illinois–with the aim of exploring joint promotion of environmental conservation and poverty reduction at the global level. He finished his residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics in June 2017 at the University of Illinois in Peoria. Nathaniel is a fellow at Natividad Medical Center in Salinas, California and Last Mile Health in Liberia.

Donald Warne, MD, MPH

Donald Warne, MD, MPH is the Director of the Master of Public Health Program at North Dakota State University, and he serves as the Senior Policy Advisor to the Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board.  In addition, he is an adjunct clinical professor at the Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law where he teaches American Indian Health Policy.  Dr. Warne is a member of the Oglala Lakota tribe from Pine Ridge, South Dakota and comes from a long line of traditional healers and medicine men.  He received his MD from Stanford University in 1995 and his Master of Public Health from Harvard University as a Commonwealth Fund/Harvard University Fellow in Minority Health Policy in 2002.  Dr. Warne is a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE), and he is a Diplomate of both the American Board of Family Practice and the American Board of Medical Acupuncture.  In addition to Minority Health Policy, he completed a Fellowship in Alternative Medicine from the Arizona Center for Health and Medicine.

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.

Meet Google Earth Engine: An Introduction to Spatial Data Analysis at Scale

Stace Maples

As the Geospatial Manager at The Stanford Geospatial Center, Stace Maples provides support and collaboration to the Stanford research community in capturing and making sense of the “where” of their work.  His work mapping the research interests of scholars has taken him from the beaches of Martha’s Vineyard, to Kurdish Northeastern Syria, to the most remote areas of the Mongolian/Chinese border. An archaeologist by training and a technologist by temperament, he is interested in all aspects of mapping, from the aerial imaging of archaeological sites using kites and balloons, to the development of platforms for the gathering of volunteer geographic information. He has over 18 years of experience using Geographic Information Systems and Geotechnology for research and teaching, with expertise in a broad range of geospatial and supporting software and hardware.

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