Mini Medical School Healthy Planet, Healthy Lives

Healthy Planet, Healthy Lives

Fall 2022

Did you know higher levels of air pollution have been correlated with increased incidence of Alzheimer’s disease, and that extremes of flooding and drought impact food production? Environmental changes disproportionately impact the least wealthy and most vulnerable across the planet, increasing existing inequities in health.

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Healthy Planet, Healthy Lives explores the ways in which the health of our planet is inextricably tied to the health of all life on Earth.

About Mini Medical School

Mini Medical School offers a unique glimpse into the health sciences at the University of Minnesota. Community learners with a shared interest in health embark on a journey examining the scientific foundations of health and disease. Presented using common language for ease of understanding complex topics, your guides are internationally renowned experts who are shaping the way health care is delivered locally and globally.

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Human disruptions to Earth’s natural systems impact not only human health, but all life on Earth. During this session, you’ll learn about planetary health, the effect on local communities, and rebuilding relationships with the natural world.

Now that we have a better understanding of human impact on the environment and its effect in turn on our health, what are ways we can help? In this session you’ll learn about local and global health efforts at the intersection of humans, animals and the changing environment.

There is hope that we can change our current trajectory. See the discussion on inspiring the next generation of sustainable leaders, and building a future for all life on Earth.


Tseganesh Selameab

Tseganesh Selameab, MD
Medical School


Lee Frelich

Lee Frelich, PhD
Dept. of Forest Resources
College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences

Clement Loo

Clement Loo, MA, PhD
Sustainable Leaders for the Future Program
University of Minnesota, Morris

Heidi Roop

Heidi Roop, MS, PhD
Dept. of Soil, Water, and Climate
College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences