Clinicians for Planetary Health (C4PH)

Physicians, nurses, and other health professionals are at the frontlines of protecting our health – therefore, they have a unique capacity to understand and communicate the shifting landscape of planetary health challenges and the strategies that individuals can take to safeguard their health and the health of the environment. The Clinicians for Planetary Health initiative is a global effort to galvanize health professionals, patients, and communities around planetary health through lifestyle modifications and activism.
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Stay Tuned: Summer 2022 Clinicians Community Call

Who we are:
- Clinicians are people providing healthcare for individuals and communities. This includes physicians, physician assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, midwives, dietitians, traditional healers, community health workers, and others.
- Over 1,000 clinicians from around the world have formally signed on to the Clinicians for Planetary Health initiative, expressing their commitment to addressing global environmental change and its health impacts. A subset of these individuals are involved in the Clinicians for Planetary Health working group.
- Over 30 partner organizations co-signed the global call-to-action released in The Lancet on Earth Day 2019, which called on health communities around the world to take action on planetary health.

Our approach:
- Developing outreach materials for healthcare settings that encourage individual- and community-level planetary health action, with an emphasis on health and environmental co-benefits
- Convening periodic calls to brainstorm, network, and exchange resources to build commitment to planetary health across the healthcare sector
- Sharing resources and stories of success through a newsletter, blog series, and podcast

More ways to join us!
PHA is thrilled to announce our new online platform for networking and sharing ideas: Hylo! Sign up with this link and be sure to join the C4PH group (it's separate from PHA main).

Our "Seedbox" of Open-Access Resources!
We’re pleased to present the “Seedbox”: an open-access repository of tools that you can use to bring planetary health into any clinical or health-related setting. This Google Drive folder (view-only) has some basic tools to help you start integrating planetary health into patient care. We also have submissions from our greater C4PH community; please see this link for all of the latest submissions. If you’d like to submit a resource yourself to the Seedbox, please do so using this form. Any questions? Please email with the term “C4PH Seedbox” in the subject line.

Meet the C4PH Team

Teddie Potter

Clinicians for Planetary Health Chair

Dr. Teddie Potter is a Clinical Professor, the Specialty Coordinator of the Doctor of Nursing Practice in Health Innovation and Leadership, and the Director of Planetary Health at the University of Minnesota School of Nursing. She serves as the Chair of the Clinicians for Planetary Health (C4PH) initiative.


Michael Xie

C4PH Outreach Intern

Michael serves as the Clinicians for Planetary Health outreach intern, working to build a global movement of clinicians invested in planetary health. He is an undergraduate at Harvard College studying history of science and global health. Michael has helped promote more sustainable practices in labs and clinics in the greater Boston area and is passionate about exploring the intersection between the environment and the concept of health.


Nathan Uchtmann

Clinicians for Planetary Health Partnerships

Nathaniel Uchtmann is a Physician and Lawyer who currently works as an Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Hospitalist at Natividad Medical Center in Salinas, California. He completed a 2-year Global Health Fellowship through UCSF and graduated from residency training and medical school at the University of Illinois, where he also received his law degree and a master’s degree in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences. His advocacy work centers around ethically modelling ecology through highlighting our interdependency with healthy communities and a healthy planet.


Enrique Falceto de Barros, MD

Family Doctor in a rural community in Brazil. Professor at Universidade de Caxias do Sul. Past-Chair of the Working Party on the Environment of the World Organization of Family Doctors (WONCA). Member of the planetary health group at Instituto de Estudos Avançados at the Universidade de São Paulo.


C4PH Partner Organizations

To join C4PH as a partner organization, please reach out to Nathan Uchtmann (




Planetary Health Alliance

The Planetary Health Alliance is a consortium of over 120 dedicated universities, NGOs, government entities, research institutes, and other partners around the world committed to advancing planetary health.
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