Climate Health Action Program

Mission

To protect the health of our patients from climate impacts and deliver healthcare sustainably

Goals

  • Provide education to medical students, residents and providers on geographically specific climate-health impacts
  • Counsel patients on protecting themselves from health impacts of climate change
  • Implement projects that reduce the carbon footprint of the healthcare system while providing safe and effective care to patients
  • Develop community partnerships to develop implementation research projects
  • Advocate for clean climate policies that yield immediate and sustained health benefits to our patients while preserving planetary health

Team

Laalitha Surapaneni, Co-Chair

Brian Hilliard, Co-Chair

Carol Kampa & Mena Vue, Division of Internal Medicine Internal Sustainability Coordinator

Lindsey Otte,  Building Efficiency

UMN Medical School Student Resource on Environmental Health

Projects

  1. Safety and sustainability impacts of isolation gown use in inpatient settings
    Synopsis: This project aims to elicit the safety and efficacy of isolation gowns in the inpatient setting while simultaneously addressing the cost-benefit analysis of using single-use isolation gowns.
    Contact: vsurapan@umn.edu
  2. Reducing paper use at Clinics and Surgical Center
    Synopsis: Appointments are routinely confirmed by paper mail. This project aims to reduce paper use by promoting electronic media for communication.
    Contact: vsurapan@umn.edu