Human and Planetary Health Initiative
Without a healthy biosphere, there is no human future.
Current models of industrialization and consumption are eroding biodiversity, degrading the environment, and impacting the ability of ecosystems to support human communities. Climate change and other environmental challenges are creating a health crisis of planetary dimension, with impacts falling disproportionately on vulnerable and historically marginalized populations.
Stanford's Human and Planetary Health initiative – a multi-disciplinary effort by the Woods Institute for the Environment, the Stanford School of Medicine’s Center for Innovation in Global Health, and the Stanford Program on Disease Ecology, Health and the Environment – builds on a vibrant community of engaged faculty, staff, and students. Bringing together perspectives from environmental sciences, public health, systems thinking, policy, law, and other disciplines to achieve breakthroughs and find solutions, more than 130 faculty and Stanford leaders across campus are active in human and planetary health, and student engagement is high in all our work.
With a vision of a thriving future for our planet and all who call it home, the Human and Planetary Health initiative is focused on driving solutions-oriented research, training future leaders, accelerating global impact, and building the human and planetary health community at Stanford.
Our four areas of focus include
Climate & Health
Promoting the health of vulnerable populations by investigating opportunities for climate change mitigation and adaptation—including extreme weather, wildfires, resource scarcity, displacement, new disease patterns, and other impacts.
Image credit: Moniruzzaman Sazal / Climate Visuals Countdown
Ecosystems & Human Wellbeing (Healthy Planet, Healthy People Initiative)
Understanding how human environmental pressures affect transmission of human pathogens and threaten life-sustaining resources—and identifying opportunities for solutions through disease ecology and integrated conservation and health approaches to protecting biodiversity and ecosystem services. This Area of Focus is represented by the Healthy Planet, Healthy People Initiative at the Doerr School of Sustainability.
Image credit: Anthony Ochieng / Climate Visuals Countdown
Human and Planetary Health Leadership Team
Human and Planetary Health is guided by the following multi-disciplinary leaders from Stanford:
Resources and Opportunities
- Human and Planetary Health Early Career Awards
Health is a critical climate, sustainability, and environmental justice issue. Submissions to the Human and Planetary Health ECA program should explore interactions between global environmental changes and human health, equity, and wellbeing – with an emphasis on developing novel solutions to pressing problems. This program is open to Stanford Faculty only.
- Human and Planetary Health Postdoctoral Fellowship
The Human and Planetary Health Postdoctoral Fellowship cultivates new knowledge and solutions at the intersections of health and the environment. Through two-year fellowships, the program supports postdocs in conducting mentored research on cutting-edge human and planetary health challenges – and developing solutions for a healthier future.
- Education and Opportunities
Stanford undergraduate and graduate students can explore courses and educational opportunities offered by the Human and Planetary Health initiative and related partners.
- Human and Planetary Health Seminar Series and Events
For more information or to get involved, reach out to the Human and Planetary Health Managing Director, Allison Phillips: firstname.lastname@example.org
For updates and Human and Planetary Health news, subscribe to the Human and Planetary Health Listserve here: https://mailman.stanford.edu/mailman/listinfo/humanandplanetaryhealth
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