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Pathways to a Secure Future

Come learn how climate change is impacting health, and how health professionals and health care institutions can take action to meet these challenges!

Featured Keynote
“The Psychology of Climate Change”
Christina Manning, PhD, Macalester College

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John Abraham

John AbrahamJohn Abraham PhD, Professor and Program Director, M.S. in Mechanical Engineering.  He studies climate change and has published numerous academic studies. He also helped found a company that pasteurizes water in the developing world.  


Daniel J. Anderson

Daniel J. AndersonDaniel J. Anderson MD is an Infectious Disease specialist with over 30 years of experience, with particular interests in travel-related, tick-borne, and immunosuppressed-related infections. He has been featured in 2019’s Top Doctor in Mpls. St. Paul and also in 2019 MN Monthly. He has trained at the University of California and University of MN.


Kate A. Brauman

Kate A. BraumanKate A. Brauman, PhD, University of Minnesota Institute on the Environment & Lead Scientist, Global Water Initiative. Dr. Brauman’s research integrates hydrology and land use with economics and policy to better understand how water use by people affects the environment and our ability to live well in it. She is a Coordinating Lead Author for the global assessment of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services and leads IonE’s impact goal on ensuring safe water for all Minnesotans. 

Shanda Demorest

Shanda DemorestShanda Demorest, DNP, RN-BC, PHN is a Member Engagement Manager with Practice Greenhealth, an Affiliate Faculty member at the University of Minnesota School of Nursing, and a practicing cardiovascular nurse at Abbott Northwestern Hospital. She is an active member of Minnesota-based Health Professionals for a Healthy climate, as well as the lead of the Nurses Climate Challenge: A national campaign to educate 50,000 health professionals about the health impacts of climate change by 2022. She has published works on environmental sustainability in health care and the health impacts of climate change in local, state, and national journals.

Michelle Garvey

Michelle GarveyMichelle Garvey PhD, Feminist Studies. Teaching Specialist: UMN Sustainability Studies. Dr. Garvey specializes in environmental justice theory, history, and activism, addressing its diverse and interconnected fields including climate, food, and reproductive justice. She employs community-engaged projects to channel student scholarship into the environmental justice movement. 

Ryan Huynh

Ryan HuynhRyan Huynh MD is a resident at Abbott Northwestern with particular interests in hospital medicine with prior research experience on climate change and ecosystems. He has published a paper in Global Change Biology in 2013 and hopes to further address climate-issues in healthcare. He studied at the Medical College of Wisconsin and enjoys traveling and food adventures. 

Christina Manning

Christine ManningDr. Christina Manning PhD is the Director of Sustainability at Macalester College and a faculty member in the department of Environmental Studies. Her recent co-authored publications include a 2018 edited volume, Psychology and Climate Change and a 2017 review article in the journal Science, “Beyond the roots of human inaction: Fostering collective effort toward ecosystem conservation.” 

Zeke J. McKinney

Zeke J. McKinneyZeke J. McKinney, MD, MHI, MPH, FACOEM, Faculty Physician and Clinical Investigator, HealthPartners Occupational and Environmental Medicine.  Dr. McKinney is a board-certified Occupational and Environmental Medicine (OEM) physician.  His interests are preventing work-related illness/injury, improving data-driven decision-making in clinical contexts, environmental toxicology, public safety medicine, managing complex impairment/disability, and increasing the health literacy of patients and communities.

Iqbal Mian

Iqbal MianIqbal Mian, MSSM, Practice Greenhealth, Iqbal focuses on helping health care systems across the Midwest advance their sustainability programs while looking at innovations in energy, water, and quality. He draws upon years of operational experience from the hospital floor and believes in empowering teams to move the needle on sustainability. Outside the office, Iqbal mountain bikes and enjoys videography when he's not with family.

Lisa Peng

Lisa PengLisa Peng DO a resident at Abbott Northwestern Hospital with particular interests in hospital medicine and palliative care. As a member on this committee, she looks forward to advancing climate-change related health care issues. She studied at the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine and enjoys cooking and spending time with pets, especially dogs.


Angela Phillips

Angela PhillipsAngela Phillips DO is a resident at Abbott Northwestern Hospital with particular interest in cardiology. She has been a long-time advocate for climate change related chronic health issues, for example with asthma and air pollution. She studied at the Des Moines College of Osteopathic Medicine and enjoys all things Disney-related and time outdoors.


Teddie Potter

Teddie PotterTeddie Potter PHD, RN, FAAN Professor, Director of Planetary Health, School of Nursing, University of Minnesota. Dr. Potter is a co-founder of Health Professionals for a Healthy Climate. She is an active member of the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments, the American Academy of Nursing Environment and Public Health Expert Panel, the Coordinating Committee of Columbia University’s Global Consortium on Climate and Health Education and a Fellow in the Institute on the Environment at the University of Minnesota. She chairs Clinicians for Planetary Health (C4PH) and is a member of the Steering Committee of the Planetary Health Alliance at Harvard.

Kristin Raab

Kristin Raab MPH is the Director for the Minnesota Climate and Health Program at the Minnesota Department of Health. She has worked in public health for almost 20 years and holds master’s degrees in public health, epidemiology and landscape architecture.  Ms. Raab received the Harvey G. Rogers Memorial Award from the Minnesota Public Health Association for her work on climate change. She has published articles on climate and health, including in Minnesota Medicine and Healthy Generations. Ms. Raab is passionate about creating resilient communities through Health Impact Assessments, good design and policy changes.

Federico Rossi

Federico Rossi MD moved from Italy at age 12 and is now  a practicing gastroenterologist in the Twin Cities. Dr. Rossi has a passion for the outdoors that has a allowed him to appreciate first hand the alarming impact of climate change.


Program Agenda


7:00–8:00 a.m.

Registration & Coffee

8:00–8:05 a.m.

Welcome from the Sponsors
Dean Connie Delaney, PhD, RN, University of Minnesota School of Nursing
Richard Meyer, JD - President, Abbott Northwestern Hospital Foundation

8:05–8:10 a.m.

Introduction from Health Professionals for a Healthy Climate
Bruce D Snyder MD FAAN, Clinical Professor of Neurology

8:10–8:40 a.m.

Climate Science: Projections for the next two decades
John Abraham, PhD, Climatologist, University of St. Thomas

8:40–9:00 a.m.

Overview of the Health Effects of Climate Change
Federico Rossi, MD, Minnesota Gastroenterology

9:00–10:00 a.m.

Keynote: Psychology of Climate Change
Prof. Christina Manning, PhD, Macalester College

10:00–10:20 a.m.

Coffee Break

10:25–11:10 a.m.

System Strategies for Health Care Delivery in a Changing Climate Landscape
Zeke McKinney, MD, HealthPartners

11:10–12:00 p.m.

Climate Disruption at the Bedside and in the Clinic
Abbott Northwestern Hospital Residents

12:00–12:50 p.m.


12:50–1:30 p.m.

Theater of Public Policy

1:30–2:30 p.m.

Breakouts: Preparedness of Health Care Systems: Delivery, Infrastructure, & Care Needs in 2030
I) Preparing for our future climate—partnership, tools and resources to be ready!
Kristin Raab, MLA, MPH, Director, Health Impact Assessment (HIA) and Climate Change Program, Minnesota Department of Health                 
II) Climate Justice as Good Medicine: A Prescription for Hope in End Times.
Michelle Garvey, PhD, University of Minnesota Diversity Studies
III) Food and Water Security in a Warming World 
Kate A. Brauman, PhD, University of Minnesota Institute on the Environment & Lead Scientist, Global Water Initiative 

2:35–3:20 p.m.

Setting the Bar High: Local Leaders in Health Care Sustainability, and How Your Facility can get there, too
Iqbal Mian, MSSM, Practice Greenhealth & Shanda Demorest, DNP, RN, Practice Greenhealth

3:20–3:50 p.m.

Pathway to the Future: What Would a Climate Successful World Look Like in 2030?
Teddie Potter, PhD, RN, FAAN, Clinical Professor, University of Minnesota School of Nursing

3:50–4:00 p.m.


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