Our Work

In our efforts to educate health professionals and the public, HPHC has organized conferences, hosted webinars, produced reports, and provided expert testimony on policy issues. Here is a sample of our work.

Reports

June 2020

Health Risks of the Line 3 Replacement Pipeline

This report summarizes evidence that the proposed Line 3 tar sands oil pipeline replacement project poses unacceptable health risks to Minnesotans due to the sensitive ecosystems it will disrupt, the toxic properties of the oil it will carry, and its contribution to continued climate damage.

May 2019

Zero Emissions: School Buses for the Future

This report summarizes the health impacts of diesel school buses. It was submitted to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency to recommend using Vokswagen settlement funds for school bus fleet electrification.

Fact Sheets

August 2020

Clean Cars Protect the Health of Minnesotans

This fact sheet summarizes the health benefits of the clean cars standards proposed by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

Climate Convos

In September 2019 we began hosting monthly informal happy hours called “Climate Convos” for health professionals to learn more about topics around climate change and health and to build community. The Covid-19 pandemic forced us to take a brief hiatus and then move our Convos to the virtual platform! Now recordings of past Climate Convos are available for viewing.


Holiday Blues: Climate Grief
December 17, 2020

As one of the most urgent public health threats of the 21st Century, climate change profoundly affects mental health. As climate change grows in the public consciousness, combined with bleak scientific reports and rising carbon dioxide emissions, it is taking a toll on mental health. “Climate grief” is depression, anxiety, and mourning over climate change. It is especially evident in young people, who are increasingly losing hope for the future.

Speakers:
Christine Manning, PhD, Department of Environmental Studies, Macalester College
Kristi White, PhD, LP, ABPP, Sr. Clinical Psychologist, Hennepin Healthcare


Sustainability in the Time of COVID
November 19, 2020

The health care industry represents 18% of the U.S. economy and 10% of the global economy. While the health care sector is a major contributor to waste and pollution, health care organizations across Minnesota and the country are using their significant economic power to help transform the marketplace to prioritize sustainability to protect planetary and human health. Sustainability goals are tougher to meet in a COVID-19 pandemic that has required excessive use and consumption of single-use plastics and PPE (personal protective equipment such as masks and gloves). Plastics, including micro and nano-sized plastics, are a severe threat to the environment and human health. Some of the waste produced by hospitals is burned in incinerators, which emit more carbon dioxide per megawatt hour than coal power plants.

Speakers:
Ranveer Vasdev, 3rd-year medical student, University of Minnesota Medical School
Conor Nath, 2nd-year medical student, University of Minnesota Medical School
Alex Kim, MPH, Communications Director, HPHC


Climate Justice
October 15, 2020

The structural racism that permeates economies, policies and civil society in Minnesota and throughout the U.S. is a cause of disproportionate climate change impacts on people of color, Indigenous people and low-income communities. Please join us for a conversation about how climate change creates disproportionate impacts on the health of communities already suffering from health disparities and how health professionals can contribute to addressing these injustices to create healthy sustainable communities for all Minnesotans.

Speakers:
Sam Grant, Executive Director, MN350
Toya Lopez, MHA, ISSP-SA, Operations Director, HPHC


Fossil Fuel Deception
September 17, 2020

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison filed a consumer protection lawsuit against ExxonMobil, Koch Industries and the American Petroleum Institute for their decades of deception on climate impacts and the harm their lies caused to public health and the people of Minnesota. The lawsuit argues that the groups’ efforts to deceive consumers about their products and climate change violated Minnesota’s consumer protection laws. Find out more about fossil fuel deception in Minnesota and what a consumer protection lawsuit has to do with health.

Speakers:
Kert Davies, founder and director of Climate Investigations Center.
Alexandra Klass, JD, Distinguished McKnight University Professor, University of Minnesota Law School


Clean Cars Minnesota
August 20, 2020

Learn how the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s proposed standards for low and zero emission vehicles can reduce air pollution and climate change impacts to protect our health.

Speakers:
Anjali Bains, Senior Policy Associate, Fresh Energy
Kathleen Schuler, Policy Director, HPHC

Webinars

Talking about climate health: Communication and advocacy tips for health professionals

We held a webinar on March 21, 2019 on effective ways to talk about climate change and health, how to use the media to make your voice heard, and tips for advocating for clean energy policies.

Speakers:

  • Sarah Spengeman, PhD, Associate Director of Communications and Advocacy, Climate and Health Program, Health Care Without Harm. Sarah’s slides on “Changing Hearts and Minds: Using effective communication to inspire climate action.”
  • Vishnu Laalitha Surapaneni, MD, MPH. Assistant Professor in General Internal Medicine and hospitalist at the University of Minnesota Medical Center.
    Laalitha’s slides on “Talking about climate and health: Communication and advocacy tips for health professionals.”

Conferences

Code Blue for Patient Earth: Responding to the Urgent Threat of Climate Change to One Health

On April 20, 2018, HPHC co-hosted our first Code Blue conference at the Science Museum of Minnesota.

Conference Agenda
Conference Summary by our co-host, Fresh Energy

Our planned second Code Blue conference, slated for April 4, 2020, was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but stay tuned for updates on future conferences.