Wisconsin Health Professionals for Climate Action: Climate and Health Conference

Milwaukee, WI US
November 16, 2019

This statewide conference will feature speakers from across the health care spectrum and will help attendees learn about how the climate crisis is affecting the health of their patients. It will feature a special guest lecture from, Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes addressing what Wisconsin is doing to mitigate and adapt to climate change. The conference will also include several didactic lectures on the myriad health consequences of climate change and a panel discussion on climate change and equity in the morning followed by afternoon sessions on how to communicate climate and health science to the lay public via a media relations training workshop and will end with a brainstorming session on how health professionals can get involved to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve the health and well-being of our patients and the public at large. The talks will cover a range of topics from background on climate change and health including mental health, climate change and equity, health care sustainability, and more.


If you are interested in sponsoring this event, more information and sponsorship levels can be found here: https://ce.icep.wisc.edu/whpca-sponsorship

Target Audience

Health professionals interested in climate and health as well as interested members of other health professions and the public.

Learning Objectives

  1. Describe the scientific studies and data that demonstrates the many ways climate can affect health.
  2. Identify public health challenges that are a result of climate changes.
  3. Illustrate effective methods for communicating public health risks of the climate crisis to patients and the public at large.
  4. Describe the relationship between climate change and health equity and ways health professionals can engage in advocating for public policy regarding climate change and health.
  5. Indicate the extent to which the health care industry contributes to global emissions and the ways healthcare professionals could adjust their practice to mitigate this.
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 5.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
  • 5.75 ANCC Contact Hours
  • 5.75 University of Wisconsin–Madison Continuing Education Hours
Registration opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
11/16/2019 - 7:30am CST
Event ends: 
11/16/2019 - 3:30pm CST


Schedule of Events
7:30 am - 8:00 am Check-In & Breakfast
8:00 am - 8:15 am Introduction to Wisconsin Health Professionals for Climate Action

Katie Wickman, MS, RN, CIC
Claire Gervais, MD
Chirantan Mukhopadhyay, MD

8:15 am - 9:00 amHealth Impacts of Climate Change: 2019

Jonathan Patz, MD, MPH

9:00 am - 9:30 amSolastalgia: Climate and Mental Health

H. Steve Moffic, MD

9:30 am - 9:45 amBreak
9:45 am - 10:15 amClimate and Health Equity

Mark Mitchell, MD, MPH, FACPM
Andrew Lewandowski, DO, FAAP

10:15 am - 11:30 amPanel Discussion on Climate, Health Equity, and Other Topics

Huda Alkaff
Supervisor Moore Omokunde
Heather Allen, MS
Andrew Lewandowski, DO, FAAP
H. Steve Moffic, MD
Facilitated by: Claire Gervais, MD

11:30 am - 12:00 pmLunch
12:00 pm - 12:30 pmAddress from Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes: What Wisconsin is Doing to Mitigate and Adapt
12:30 pm - 1:00 pm Health Care Sustainability

Katie Wickman, MS, RN, CIC

1:00 pm - 1:30 pmGreenhouse Gas Potential of Anesthesia Gas

Karin Zuegge, MD

1:30 pm - 2:15 pmCommunicating about Climate Change and Health

Mark Mitchell, MD, MPH, FACPM

2:15 pm - 2:30 pmBreak
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm Recap and Future Actions

Facilitated by: Chirantan Mukhopadhyay, MD

Aurora Conference Center
2920 W Dakota St
Milwaukee, WI 53215
United States
+1 (414) 647-3500


Parking Instructions

The parking structure and lot off Dakota Street are closed on weekends, please park in the surface lot off 3031 W Montana Street (31st and Montana). Turn south into parking lot off Montana and head south to stop sign by parking structure. Turn left (east) to main entrance of the Aurora Conference Center entrance (located by roundabout).


Huda Alkaff, Founder and Director, Wisconsin Green Muslims

Huda serves as co-chair of US Climate Action Network 100% Renewable Energy action team and co-chair of the Midwest Faith Communities for Equitable SolarShe is a celebrated environmentalist who has been honored by several groups including the Obama White House, the Sierra Club, and the Wisconsin Association for Environmental Education. She has higher education degrees in conservation ecology, sustainable development, and environmental education from the University of Georgia. Huda also serves on the national Greening Ramadan Task Force, and the Milwaukee Environmental Consortium Board of Directors.

Heather Allen, MS, Program Director, RENEW Wisconsin

Ms. Allen studied international environmental policy at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies and worked in Washington D.C. at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Natural Resources Defense Council. She has also managed policy and programs for the Clean Lakes Alliance and serves as legislative analyst for the City of Madison. She joined RENEW, a group that promotes renewable energy in Wisconsin, in 2018. 

Mandela Barnes Lt. Governor, Wisconsin

Mandela Barnes is the 45th lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin and the first African American to hold the position. He attended Milwaukee Marshall High School and Alabama A&M University and has worked for various political campaigns and organizations in Milwaukee, including with Mayor Tom Barrett. He has served on a number of community organizations in Milwaukee. Since then he has served on the State Assembly where he authored numerous pieces of legislation focused on education, criminal justice reform, voting rights, among other areas.  He will speak about what the state of Wisconsin is doing to mitigate and adapt to the climate crisis.

Andrew Lewandowski, DO, FAAP, Pediatrician, Group Health Cooperative, Madison

Andrew Lewandowski, DO is a steering committee member of the Wisconsin Environmental Health Network where he serves as the liaison to the Wisconsin Climate Table - a multi-disciplinary network of organizations seeking equitable solutions to decarbonization. His professional interests include health equity and the effects of the environment on human health, and he regularly provides medical education about climate change to professionals in pediatrics, family practice, and wilderness medicine. His talk focuses on how health professionals and individuals with privilege can advocate for and create equitable solutions to climate change.

Mark Mitchell, MD, MPH, FACPM, George Mason University Program on Climate and Health, Communicating About Climate Change and Health

Mark A. Mitchell, MD, MPH, FACPM is an Associate Professor of Climate Change, Energy, and Environmental Health Equity at George Mason University, where he is director of State Affairs for the Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health. In this capacity he is a senior advisor to Wisconsin Health Professionals for Climate Action.  He is also co-chair of the National Medical Association’s Commission on Environmental Health, helping this organization advocate for climate action. He will present on the disproportionate burden of climate health effects that African American physicians are seeing in their patients and the potential benefits to communities of color of addressing climate change in an equitable fashion.  He can also provide information on what other state health professional organizations are doing to address this issue.  He will also lead a workshop on climate and health communication. 

H. Steven Moffic MD, psychiatrist, Medical College of Wisconsin, Solastalgia: Climate and Mental Health

Dr. H Steven Moffic has worked on the link between climate change and mental health for a dozen years and is the recipient of the Administrative Psychiatry Award from the American Psychiatric Association. Among other topics, his presentation will focus on the under-reported health condition solastalgia, defined as “mental or existential distress caused by environmental change.” He has written and presented articles on climate psychiatry and formed groups of interested psychiatrists across the country.


Supreme Moore Omonkunde, 10th District Supervisor, Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors

Supervisor Omonkunde has served the 10th District since 2015 and is chair of the Health and Human Needs Committee and member of the Finance and Audit Committee. He also serves on the Milwaukee Public Museum Board of Directors and on the Milwaukee County Human Rights Commission. His resolution to create a Milwaukee City-County Joint Taskforce on Climate and Economic Equity was adopted in July. The taskforce brings together elected officials and community leaders to make recommendations for achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 or sooner, while mitigating racial and income inequality.

Jonathan Patz, MD, MPH, director of Global Health at UW-Madison, Health Impacts of Climate Change: 2019

Dr Patz is a Professor and the John P Holton Chair in Health and Environment as well as director of the Global Health Institute at UW-Madison. He also has faculty appointments at the Nelson Institute and the Department of Population Health Sciences. He has worked on the health effects of climate change since 1993, co-chairing the health report of the first Congressionally mandated US National Assessment on Climate Change, and served as Lead Author of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) for 15 years. The IPCC shared the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. 

Katie Wickman, MS, RN, CIC, Sustainability Manager, Advocate Aurora Health, Sustainability in Hospitals and Clinics

Katie Wickman is a registered nurse and the Sustainability Manager for Advocate Aurora Health. She has influence in all areas of Advocate Aurora’s sustainability program and plays key roles in the development of healthy and sustainable standards and practices among the system’s 70,000 team members. She represents Advocate Aurora in several national market transformation groups, the Healthcare Plastics Recycling Council Healthcare Facilities Advisory Board, and the Health Care Climate Council, working to advance health and sustainability throughout the health care sector. She will be speaking on the environmental impacts of health care delivery and strategies available to reduce those impacts.

Karin Zuegge, MD, anesthesiologist and Medical Director of Sustainability at UW Health, Greenhouse Gas Potential of Anesthesia Gases

Dr Zuegge is the Medical Director for Sustainability and Education Vice Chair for the Department of Anesthesiology at UW Madison. She will be speaking about the greenhouse gas impact of anesthesia gases, focusing on how she worked with her hospital system to both reduce the use of these gases and find safer options.  Dr. Zuegge also researches ways to divert operating room waste for recycling.


It is the policy of the University of Wisconsin–Madison Interprofessional Continuing Education Partnership (ICEP) that the faculty, authors, planners, and other persons who may influence content of this continuing education (CE) activity disclose all relevant financial relationships with commercial interests* in order to allow CE staff to identify and resolve any potential conflicts of interest.  Faculty must also disclose any planned discussion of unlabeled/unapproved uses of drugs or devices during their presentation(s).  For this educational activity all conflicts of interest have been resolved and detailed disclosures are listed below.

*The ACCME defines a commercial interest as any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients. The ACCME does not consider providers of clinical service directly to patients to be commercial interests.

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Accreditation Statement

In support of improving patient care, the University of Wisconsin–Madison ICEP is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.


Credit Designation Statements


American Medical Association

The University of Wisconsin–Madison ICEP designates this live activity for a maximum of 5.75 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsPhysicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)

The University of Wisconsin–Madison ICEP designates this live activity for a maximum of 5.75 ANCC contact hours. The University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Nursing is Iowa Board of Nursing provider 350. 

Continuing Education Units

The University of Wisconsin–Madison, as a member of the University Continuing Education Association (UCEA), authorizes this program for .575 continuing education units (CEUs) or 5.75 hours. 

Available Credit

  • 5.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
  • 5.75 ANCC Contact Hours
  • 5.75 University of Wisconsin–Madison Continuing Education Hours


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Email help@icep.wisc.edu or call 608-262-7226.


Emergency situations occasionally occur and may necessitate topic or speaker changes. The University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and the University of Wisconsin–Madison ICEP reserve the right to alter or substitute a topic or speaker without prior notification.


For conference information please contact Sara Scott (608) 890-2877 or sfscott@wisc.edu