Climate and environmental change pose an accelerating and complex threat to 21st-century health systems. There is an urgent need for transformative change to reduce our health systems’ contribution to global carbon emissions and to adapt to the health, health equity and health system impacts of climate change. Despite this need, few of the relevant research or health professional training programs equip students with the knowledge and skills required to lead, manage, analyze, inform, or deliver sustainable health systems.
The Summer Institute on Sustainable Health Systems was created to fill this gap and provide health research and health professional trainees with the opportunity to increase awareness of sustainable health systems and current action in Canada.
Through guided learning activities, meetings with local sustainability leaders and nation-wide panel discussions, the Summer Institute aims to develop trainee knowledge, leadership skills and capabilities, and build professional, interdisciplinary networks of trainees and professionals with shared interests.