Climate Changes Health and Health Equity


Climate Changes Health and Health Equity

Co-Sponsors:  Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library and Office of Health Equity and Inclusion

Climate change is a significant threat to health and health equity. In the Fall 2019 Climate Changes Health and Health Equity Community Read/Journal Club, we will focus on  two reports:  The 2018 Lancet Countdown Report and The 2016 U.S Global Change Research Program Climate and Health Assessment.    The Lancet Countdown was established to provide an independent, global monitoring system dedicated to tracking the health dimensions of the impacts of, and the response to, climate change. It 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.   The 2016 U.S Global Change Research Program Climate and Health Assessment focuses on the impacts of climate change on human health in the United States.  This scientific assessment examines how climate change is already affecting human health and the changes that may occur in the future with focus on:  temperature-related death and illness; air quality impacts; extreme events; vector-borne diseases; water-related illness; food safety, nutrition, and distribution; mental health and well-being, and populations of concern.

Sessions were recorded.   The titles of each of the sessions below are linked to the recordings.  PowerPoint presentation slides are linked separately.



Sept. 24th       Air Quality – Jeff Anderson, MD, Cardiovascular Department, Intermountain Medical Center and U of Utah School of Medicine
Air Quality PowerPoint Presentation: CCH_Anderson_092419

Oct 1st            Mental Health and Well-Being, including Eco-Anxiety – LeRoy Anderson, MD, Psychiatrist (retired); Clinical Faculty (retired), School of Medicine, University of Utah; and Medical Director (retired), Outpatient Psychiatry Service, Utah Valley Medical Center
Mental Health and Well Being PowerPoint Presentation: CCH_Anderson_100119

Oct 8th             Fall Break

Oct 15th           Climate Change Vulnerability – T. Andrew Dodds, MD, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Climate Change Vulnerability PowerPoint Presentation:  CCH_Dodds_101519

Oct 22nd          Populations of Concern – Royal P. DeLegge, PhD, LEHS, RS, Director, Environmental Health Division – Salt Lake County Health Department (Note: We are aware that the audio on this video is poor, but the content is so valuable, we are posting it despite the flaws.)
Populations of Concern PowerPoint Presentation: CCH_DeLegge_102219

Oct 29th          Public Policy/Solutions – Scott Williams, MD, Executive Director, Healthy Environment Alliance of Utah (HEAL Utah)
Public Policy/Solutions PowerPoint Presentation: CCH_Williams_102919


The final three sessions of this discussion feature systemic action being taken at the University of Utah, in Utah, in the U.S. and internationally to address how climate changes health and health equity:

Nov 5th            Practice Green Health – Smitha Warrier, MD, Anesthesiology, Assistant Professor (Clinical), School of Medicine, University of Utah

Nov 12th  Students Leading the Way on Climate

We experienced technical difficulties with the recording of this session. So, in lieu of a recording, we offer the following outline and links that were prepared for the session.

Greta Thunberg – Greta Thunberg first became known in August 2018 when, at age 15, she began spending her school days outside the Swedish parliament to call for stronger action on global warming by holding up a sign saying (in Swedish) “School strike for the climate”. Soon, other students engaged in similar protests in their own communities. Together, they organised a school climate strike movement under the name Fridays for Future. After Thunberg addressed the 2018 United Nations Climate Change Conference, student strikes took place every week somewhere in the world. In 2019, there were at least two coordinated multi-city protests involving over one million students each.
School strike for climate – save the world by changing the rules, TEDxStockholm: (11 min)
Greta Thunberg: Our House is on Fire 2019 World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos: (6 min)
Greta Thunberg: How Dare You!– (4 min)
Contact Info: Joan M. Gregory,


Utah Climate Advocates, Piper Christian and Mishka Banuri
Piper Christian is a sophomore at University of Utah pursuing a double major in Environmental Studies and Political Science. In 2018, she helped pass a student-led resolution on climate change through the Utah State Legislature. She now serves as the vice president of Utah Climate Advocates, a campus club focusing on climate action and environmental justice.
Contact Info: Piper Christian,
Mishka Banuri is an 18 year old organizer in Salt Lake City, Utah. She was an organizer and emcee for the Utah People’s Climate March, co-organized the first Utah Youth Environmental Summit, and continues to work with Utah Youth Environmental Solutions. Mishka is also passionate about reproductive justice, particularly centering marginalized voices. She is a peer educator with Teen Council, a program run by Planned Parenthood that provides sexual education to young people. As a Pakistani-American Muslim, Mishka seeks to build bridges and empower Muslim youth and youth of color in Utah. She is the Director of the Ambassador Program for the Emerald Project, which fights the misinterpretation of Islam. Mishka is an extraordinarily passionate and effective youth climate justice activist in Utah.
Mishka Banuri’s 2018 Brower Youth Awards Speech: (5 min)
Contact Info: Mishka Banuri,


Sustainability in Medicine Interest Group – The mission of the Sustainability Interest Group is two-fold:
1. to improve sustainability efforts on the University of Utah Medical School Campus and
2. to educate and inspire future physicians to reevaluate current medical practice in order to minimize the burden that health care imposes on the environment. By so doing, we aim to improve public health.
Contact Info: Chris Nielson,


Sustainability in Dentistry
The objectives of Sustainability in Dentistry include:
1. Provide information and resources to those interested in the practice and development of sustainable ecofriendly dentistry with the intent to serve the community and its environment
2. Provide opportunities for students to work with school administration and associating groups/club to make the University of Utah School of Dentistry eco-friendlier and environmentally sustainable for future endeavors.
3. Provide mentorship for students looking to maintain sustainable lifestyles, personally and as a healthcare provider.
4. Host presentations with leaders in the field of sustainable-green dentistry that can provide insight into a developing movement in medicine/health care.
5. Continue to make improvements toward making the University of Utah School of Dentistry gain LEED Certification
Contact Info:Alexander Jones,, and Morgan Karnath, morgan.karnath@hsc.utah.eduFuture


Future Clinicians for Clean Air is an advocacy group concerned with the health impacts of poor air quality. As future health professionals, we use current evidence and research to advocate for clean air policies.
Contact Info: or Liza Kasavana,


Nov 19th          Climate Changes Health and Health Equity – Rising to the Challenge – Robin Burr, BA, MA, Chief Facilities Officer, University of Utah, and Christopher F. Benson, PE, CEM, LEEP AP, Program Manager, Sustainability & Energy, Department of Facilities Management, University of Utah

January 31, 2020          HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS OF THE PROPOSED INLAND PORT Deeda Seed, Senior Utah Field Campaigner, Center for Biological Diversity, and Jonny Vasic, Executive Director, Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment.  Moderator:  Olivia Joy Kavapalu, Utah Climate Advocates.



Climate Changes Health and Health Equity Playlist:



Additional Climate Change and Health Resources

Check the Eccles Library LibGuide for additional specific readings or videos for each session

CDC Climate and Health:

The Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the U.S.: A Scientific Assessment –

Personal choices to reduce your contribution to climate change:

Global Climate Change  (NASA)

Climate Change and Health (WHO)

Climate Change and Health (APHA)

Center for Climate Change and Health