Planetary health and the future of emergency medicine are front and center in two satellite sessions the University of Wisconsin-Madison Global Health Institute (GHI) has helped organize as part of the 10thannual Consortium of Universities for Global Health Conference.
The satellite sessions on March 7 are open to the public without full conference participation. Registration for the satellite sessions is required.
- “Planetary Health: One Health Solutions to Improve the Health of the Planet” will be from 1 to 4:30 p.m., Thursday, March 7. There is no fee but registration is required. GHI Director Jonathan Patz organized the session with Ann Kurth, dean and professor of Nursing at Yale and chair of the CUGH Board of Directors.
- “Strengthening Global Emergency Care: Health Systems Development,” co-organized by GHI Associate Director Janis Tupesis and the Medical College of Wisconsin, will be from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Thursday, March 7. There is a fee and CME credits are available. Registration is required.
GHI is also co-sponsor of the conference that’s expected to bring together more than 1,800 faculty, students, implementers and leaders from across disciplines and 55 countries to advance global health. “GHI has been a recognized leader in pursuing health in all policies, and this conference—it’s only a bus ride away—represents a good opportunity to network with colleagues pursuing global health on many fronts,” Patz says. “Today’s global health challenges demand that we look across sectors to the underlying determinants of global health if we are going to succeed in finding new solutions.”
Why Planetary Health?
“We are at a place in history where changes at the planetary level – including ecosystem collapse, climate change and widespread pollution – are undermining many of the gains we’ve achieved in public health,” Patz says. “To promote health and well-being, we can no longer afford to ignore these challenges.” The satellite session brings together experts in climate change and energy, One Health and zoonotic disease, sustainable food systems and pollution and health. They will highlight success stories in grappling with these challenges.”
The session brings together an international group of speakers including Philip Landrigan, a pediatrician, epidemiologist and professor at Boston College; Jonna Mazet, global director of the viral emergency warning project, PREDICT, from the University of California, Davis; Judy Omumbo from the African Academy of Sciences, Kenya, and Samuel Myers, director of the Harvard Planetary Health Alliance.
Under Patz’s leadership, GHI has embraced the concept of planetary health, which is based on the notion that planetary scale changes triggered by human activity pose threats to human well-being. Howard Frumkin, now head of the Wellcome Trust’s “Our Planet, Our Health” program, discussed “Planetary Health: Protecting Our World to Protect Ourselves,”at a GHI hosted evening looking at ways forward for humans and the planet.
Improving Emergency Care
In the first meeting of its kind, “Strengthening Global Emergency Care: Health Systems Development,” will bring together emergency care leaders and key stakeholders from many sectors to address the gap between a global mandate—to improve the delivery of integrated emergency care—and implementation.
“This pre-conference satellite session focusing on emergency care will give a unique opportunity for leaders in our discipline to come together and focus on effective implementation strategies,” Tupesis says. “With representation from the WHO, governments and leading academic medical centers, it will be a unique opportunity to discuss best practices of how to develop and put into effect emergency care systems worldwide.”
Speakers for the day include Teri Reynolds with the World Health Organization, Lee Wallis from the University of Cape Town, Tsion Firew from the Ethiopian Ministry of Health and Regan Marsh from the NGO Partners in Health and Harvard Medical School.