Climate Health Action Program


    As concerned citizens and M Health Fairview employees, we strive to empower our colleagues and system to commit to meaningful action that protects the health of our patients and delivers healthcare sustainably.


    To achieve a carbon-neutral healthcare system by 2040 that supports optimal patient and community health.


    • 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

    Laalitha Surapaneni ∙ Co-Chair ∙ Bio

    Brian Hilliard ∙ Co-Chair ∙ Bio

    Carol Kampa ∙ Internal Sustainability Coordinator

    Lindsey Otte ∙ Building Efficiency


The CHAP Climate Justice Lecture Series, is being presented by the University of Minnesota Medical School’s, Climate Health Action Program. This lecture series has been developed to build community, raise awareness within the healthcare community about the intersection between climate change and social determinants of health using the framework of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

We know that creating true partnerships with the community requires listening, therefore we want to hear about the lived experiences of our community members and learn from their expertise. The seminar series helps highlight the work of community groups leading the way in climate efforts, and showcase actions those in academia can take to bridge the gap.

If you would like to make suggestions for speakers/topics or you would like to work with us, contact: Colleen Doyle

Climate Change Event and Date imageClimate change is the biggest threat to public health in the 21st century. The 2019 Lancet Commission Report on Health and Climate Change states that the life of every child born today will be impacted by climate change, and that the actions we take today will determine how those health impacts shape up.

Along with the growing scientific evidence, we have also seen youth take climate action into their own hands. Global youth climate protests drove climate change to the top list of voting concerns for the American public.

Join Akilah Sanders-Reed from the Power Shift Network and Shelli-Kae Foster from YES! To learn about what the climate crisis means to them, how they are taking action to change systems and policy, and the role health professionals can play to augment their efforts. We will also hear from a medical student, Aaron Rosenblum, from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities Campus and learn about why health professionals need to be trained in the health impacts of climate change, and what efforts are underway at this time.



  1. Fourth National Climate Assessment Volume II 
    “The Fourth National Climate Assessment (NCA4), completed in November 2018, is a comprehensive and authoritative report on climate change and its impacts in the United States.” It is authored by the “U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) which comprises of 13 Federal agencies that conduct or use research on global change and its impacts on society”. 

  2. Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change
    “Established to provide an independent, global monitoring system dedicated to tracking the health dimensions of the impacts of, and the response to, climate change. The Lancet Countdown tracks 41 indicators across five domains: climate change impacts, exposures, and vulnerability; adaptation, planning, and resilience for health; mitigation actions and health co-benefits; finance and economics; and public and political engagement.”

  3. 2018 Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change Brief for the United States of America
    “This Brief focuses on connections between climate change and health in the United States (U.S.) in 2017. It draws out some of the most nationally-relevant findings of the global 2018 Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change report with U.S.-specific data to highlight the key threats and opportunities climate change poses for the health of Americans.”



  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.

  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.


If you wish to take action on climate, please email Dr. Brian Hilliard for more information.