News and Upcoming Events
Welcome to the new Planetary Health website of the uOttawa Faculty of Medicine! Bookmark this page so you can always stay up-to-date on Planetary Health news as well as on upcoming activities, and to find out how to get involved.
April 2022: Release of the Planetary Health Report Card
The Planetary Health Report Card is a student-driven, metric-based initiative to inspire planetary health in health professional schools. Visit the Planetary Health Report Card website to read this year's report.
Tackling the climate emergency with the BC Cancer Planetary Health Unit.
Read more on the recent creation of the BC Cancer Planetary Health Unit, led by diagnostic radiologist Dr. Maura Brown, radiation oncologist Dr. Shilo Lefresne, and medical oncologist Dr. Caroline Mariano. Read the article on the BC Cancer website.
April 22, 2022 — DFM's Dragons' Den Clinic Goes Green
After a successful Tinder-esque pitch by last year's winning team, the University of Ottawa's Department of Family Medicine (DFM) launched a second DFM's Dragons' Den contest, this time to address planetary health in family medicine. Find out more about the contest by visiting the DFM website, and read a story about the event here!
May 10 2022 — Mini-Medical School Spring Webinar Series (Planetary Health Session, Presented by Dr. Husein Moloo)
Lets look at the impact that healthcare has on the planet as well as how our changing environment (ie. the climate crisis) is affecting our health. It will highlight how each of us has our part to play in helping with the climate crisis and how eco-anxiety can be turned into eco-action.
You can register for this webinar only or for the entire Mini-Medical School Spring Webinar Series by visiting the following webpage.
June 20-23 2022 — CASCADES Summer Institute on Sustainable Health Systems
The Summer Institute will provide health services and policy trainees (HSP) (including healthcare professional, public health, & health management trainees with an interest in health services and policy) with the opportunity to increase awareness of sustainable health systems and current action in Canada. Trainees will develop knowledge, leadership skills and capabilities, and build a professional, interdisciplinary network of students and professionals with interests in the area of sustainable health systems.
The Summer Institute is hosted by CASCADES (Creating a Sustainable Canadian Health System in a Climate Crisis), and ELESH (Emerging Leaders for Environmental Sustainability in Healthcare), in partnership with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research – Institute of Health Services and Policy Research (CIHR-IHSPR).
To learn more, visit the CASCADES website today: CASCADES Summer Institute on Sustainable Health Systems
Planetary Health at the uOttawa Faculty of Medicine
“Talk regarding planetary health and climate change is not always backed up by action but by creating the role of Planetary Health Director, the Faculty of Medicine together with the University of Ottawa have solidified their intent to create change to provide sustainable impact and I hope this will help unite the Faculty of Medicine in the fight against climate change.”
- Dr. Husein Moloo, Interim Director, Planetary Health
“The Faculty of Medicine of the University of Ottawa is proud to lead the way by appointing Dr. Moloo as Planetary Health Director – a first for any Faculty of Medicine in Canada. By taking this necessary step, we are committing to address the challenge of climate change and supporting concrete actions aimed at leading innovation for a healthier and greener world. We hope you will join us in our effort.
- Bernard Jasmin, PhD, Dean, uOttawa Faculty of Medicine
What is Planetary Health?
The Rockefeller Foundation-Lancet Commission on Planetary Health defines Planetary Health as: “the achievement of the highest attainable standard of health, wellbeing, and equity worldwide through judicious attention to the human systems—political, economic, and social―that shape the future of humanity and the Earth’s natural systems that define the safe environmental limits within which humanity can flourish. Put simply, planetary health is the health of human civilisation and the state of the natural systems on which it depends”. Source: Planetary Health: a new science for exceptional action, The Lancet (link to article)
Climate Change and Health
The 2021 report of the Lancet Countdown further describes the link between climate change and health: “The concurrent and interconnecting risks posed by extreme weather events, infectious disease transmission, and food, water, and financial insecurity are overburdening the most vulnerable populations. Through multiple simultaneous and interacting health risks, climate change is threatening to reverse years of progress in public health and sustainable development (...) With a world facing an unavoidable temperature rise, even with the most ambitious climate change mitigation, accelerated adaptation is essential to reduce the vulnerabilities of populations to climate change and protect the health of people around the world.”
Ressources for Learners, Faculty and Staff
- The Lancet: Planetary Health
- Planetary Health Report Card
- Planetary Health Alliance website
- Stanford Center for Innovation in Global Health (Planetary Health)
- Centre for Sustainable Healthcare UK
- The college of Family Physicians Canada’s Guide to Integrating Planetary Health in Family Medicine Training
- uOttawa Office of Campus Sustainability
- Countdown: To a better future
- CoSphere (University of British Columbia)
- Contextually relevant healthcare professional education: Why planetary health is essential in every curriculum now (paper published by Niève Séguin, Dr. Rajajee Selvam and Dr. Husein Moloo, uOttawa Faculty of Medicine)
We encourage you to also reach out to any of these local organizations as well:
- MD Moms 4 Health Recovery
- Environmental Health – Social Medicine Network
- Ottawa Reduces Facebook group
- Ecology Ottawa
Ongoing Projects – Get Involved Today!
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News and Events Archives
April 19, 2022 — The Physician Role in the Climate Emergency: Turning Despair into Action
Webinar organized by the University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine's Office of Continuing Professional Development. Link to Webinar Recording (YouTube)
February 15, 2022 — Planetary Health: What Is It and How Do We Achieve It
Webinar hosted by the University of Ottawa's Centre for Environmental Law and Global Sustainability. Link to Webinar Recording (YouTube)