Wisconsin Health Professionals for Climate Action - Information and Conference


Saturday, November 16th, 7:30 am-3:30 pm

Aurora Conference Center
2920 W Dakota St, Milwaukee, WI
Parking Entrance: 3031 W Montana St, Milwaukee WI


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Green Bay area 920-455-8165
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Chicago area 630-556-1696

Conference ID: 165000508


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. The morning will feature several didactic lectures on the many health consequences of climate instability and conclude with a panel discussion on climate and health equity. The afternoon will feature talks on how the healthcare industry can reduce emissions followed by a workshop on how to better communicate climate and health science to the general public. The conference will conclude with a recap session allowing participants to synthesize the information from the conference and discuss next steps to address the climate crisis. We will have a special guest luncheon speaker, Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes, who will give us an overview of state climate adaptation and resiliency activities.

You are required to setup a guest login and password on the University of Wisconsin Continuing Education Website if you do not already have an account.

Physicians (MD/DO) requesting CME: $125
Nurses and Physician Assistants requesting credits: $50
Non-CME/CNE Professionals, Students, and General Public: FREE
(Simply click the “student, other health professional or community member” drop-down menu option at check out)


7:30 am – 8:00 am

Check-In & Breakfast

8:00 am – 8:15 am

Land Acknowledgement Statement
Robin Carufel

Introduction to Wisconsin Health Professionals for Climate Action
Katie Wickman, MS, RN, CIC
Claire Gervais, MD
Chirantan Mukhopadhyay, MD

8:15 am – 9:00 am

Health Impacts of Climate Change: 2019
Jonathan Patz, MD, MPH

9:00 am – 9:30 am

Solastalgia: Climate and Mental Health
H. Steve Moffic, MD

9:30 am – 9:45 am


9:45 am – 10:15 am

Climate and Health Equity
Mark Mitchell, MD, MPH, FACPM
Andrew Lewandowski, DO

10:15 am – 11:30 am

Panel Discussion on Climate and Health Equity, and other topics
Facilitated by: Claire Gervais, MD
Huda Alkaff, MS
Supervisor Moore Omokunde
Heather Allen, MS
Andrew Lewandowski, DO
Steve Moffic, MD
Robin Carufel

11:30 am – 11:50 am 


11:50 am – 12:00 pm Update on the Wisconsin BRACE Climate and Health Program
Jon Meiman, MD

12:00pm – 12:30 pm

What Wisconsin is Doing to Mitigate and Adapt
Special Guest Speaker: 
Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes

12:30 pm – 1:00 pm

Health Care Sustainability
Katie Wickman, MS, RN, CIC

1:00 pm -1:30 pm

Greenhouse Gas Potential of Anesthesia Gases
Karin Zuegge, MD

1:30 pm – 2:15 pm

Communicating about Climate Change and Health
Mark Mitchell, MD, MPH, FACPM

2:15 pm – 2:30 pm


2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Recap and Future Actions
Facilitated by: Chirantan Mukhopadhyay, MD


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. 

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.

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.

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.

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 and advocacy.

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.

Jon Meiman, MD
Jon Meiman is the Chief Medical Officer and State Epidemiologist for Environmental and Occupational Health, in the Wisconsin Division of Public Health. Jon will give an update from the Wisconsin BRACE Climate and Health Program.

Robin Carufel
Robin is the former Tribal Health Director of the Lac du Flambeau Chippewa Tribe. He will open the conference by giving the Acknowledgement of Native Lands.


H Steven Moffic, MD (See bio above)

Robin Carufel (See bio above)

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.

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.

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.

Huda Alkaff, Founder and Director, Wisconsin Green Muslims
Huda Alkaff 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 serves on the national Greening Ramadan Task Force, and the Milwaukee Environmental Consortium Board of Directors. She also serves as co-chair of US Climate Action Network 100% Renewable Energy action team, and as co-chair of the Midwest Faith Communities for Equitable Solar.

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).

Thank you to our Sponsors

Advocate Aurora Health
Health Care Without Harm, Climate and Health Program
The Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health
Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies
The Medical Staff of Meriter Hospital
University of Wisconsin Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
University of Wisconsin Global Health Institute
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Health Path of Distinction
Wisconsin Environmental Health Network


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

This CME/CE activity has been designed to change learner competence and focuses on the American Board of Medical Specialties’ areas of patient care and medical knowledge.

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.

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.

The University of Wisconsin–Madison ICEP designates this live activity for a maximum of 5.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The University of Wisconsin–Madison ICEP designates this live activity for a maximum of 5.25 ANCC contact hours. The University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Nursing is Iowa Board of Nursing provider 350.

The University of Wisconsin–Madison ICEP, as a member of the University Professional & Continuing Education Association (UPCEA), authorizes this program for .525 CEUs or 5.25 hours.

It is the policy of the University of Wisconsin–Madison ICEP that the faculty, authors, planners, and other persons who may influence content of this 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). Detailed disclosures will be available prior to the start of the activity.

Name of Individual

Individual’s Role
in Activity

Name of Commercial Interest
& Nature of Relationship

Discussion of
uses of drugs/devices
in presentation?

Huda Alkaff












Disclosure in progress.
Detailed disclosures will be available
prior to the start of the activity.

Heather Allen, MS


Joel Charles, MD


Claire Gervais, MD


Andrew Lewandowski, DO


Mark Mitchell, MD, MPH, FACPM


H. Steven Moffic, MD


Chirantan Mukhopadhyay, MD


Supervisor Moore Omokunde


Jonathan Patz, MD, MPH


Sara Scott, BS


Rene Settle-Robinson, DPM


Katie Wickman, MS, RN, CIC


Karin Zuegge, MD



For more information, please email Dr. Mark Mitchell.