On Earth Day, Nursing Collaboratory Lends Voice to Planetary Health
April 22, 2019
Nursing Collaboratory, the award-winning academic-practice partnership between the University of Minnesota School of Nursing, Fairview Health Services and University of Minnesota Health, was among the co-signers of a call-to-action for clinicians to mobilize around planetary health published in the medical journal The Lancet.
“A Call for Clinicians to Act on Planetary Health” was co-signed by 28 medical associations and health care organizations around the world and aims to increase awareness of the severe public health impacts of global environmental change and to mobilize clinical communities to become engaged by joining the Clinicians for Planetary Health initiative.
“Health and well-being begins where we live, and we have shared responsibility as citizens of this world for protecting our earth for improved community health,” said Laura Reed, RN, DNP, who is Fairview’s Chief Nursing Executive and Chief Operating Officer. “We’re honored to join with our colleagues at the University of Minnesota and collaborate with others globally to bring much-needed attention to planetary health and its impacts on local and global human health.”
“We deeply respect the impact local connections and bold partnerships can have in promoting health around the world,”
- Connie White Delaney
PhD, RN, FAAN, FACM
Professor and Dean
“Signing the call-to-action with our Nursing Collaboratory clinical colleagues acknowledges our vulnerability as individuals and as a planet, and reinforces the urgent need for interprofessional teams to accept our responsibility in local to planetary transformation. This moral courage is our legacy to the children worldwide.”
Organized by the Planetary Health Alliance and a broad consortium of partner organizations, the Clinicians for Planetary Health initiative aids doctors, nurses, and other clinicians worldwide in understanding how global environmental change impacts their patients and promoting bottom-up environmental action through patient education, outreach, and activist efforts.