Working Groups

Our working groups are incubators of ideas, initiatives, and collaborations among Consortium members, as well as across the global climate and health community. These groups work toward expanding and developing climate and health curricula and educational offerings and strategize ways in which the Consortium can disseminate information and mobilize amongst our members.


Climate and Planetary Health Office Hours

June 20, 2024  |  ​​​5:00 - 6:00 PM Eastern Time (NYC)

In order to advance the mission of ensuring that 100% of health professionals globally have the knowledge and skills to address the climate crisis and to accelerate the incorporation of climate change and planetary health information into educational curricula, the GCCHE is now offering virtual consultation with faculty peers with personal experience implementing climate and planetary health content into their own institution’s curricula! Join us to discuss your practical, administrative, and conceptual challenges to integrating curriculum at your institution, receive personalized support, and grow your collegial network. 

This initiative is supported by the GCCHE Medical Working Group and the Climate Resources for Health Education (CRHE) team.

Medical Working Group

Medical Working Group 2

MWG2 Goals Include:

  • Increase participation nationally and globally of medical schools
  • Grow access to expertise (student, faculty) for curricular development
  • Understand gaps and currently available resources for UME/GME and work to address those gaps

MWG2 Co-chairs:

  • Stefan Wheat
  • James Bevan
  • Barb Erny 
  • Savita Potarazu


Medical Working Group 3

MWG3 Goals Include:

  • Increasing awareness of the importance of climate change and health education within medical school, residency and fellowship programs and medical organizations through the following methods:
  • Recognizing gaps in medical education on climate change and health, as well as, focusing on ensuring institutions recognize the importance of incorporating climate change curriculum to train the current and next generation of medical professionals 
  • Submitting to journals and conferences on the topic of why climate and health curriculum is necessary.
  • Encourage organizations focused on medical education to join the GCCHE and commit to being leaders in climate change and health education.

MWG3 Co-Chairs:

  • Sheetal Khedkar Rao, MD
  • Japhia Jayasingh Ramkumar, MD
  • Sadhana Dharmapuri, MD


Contact: Nico Hamacher,

Nurses Working Group

Global Nurses Working Group Vision

  • Create evidence-based and peer-reviewed educational resources which align with current planetary health frameworks, competencies, and best practices. 
  • Create evidence-based, continuing education opportunities specific to the field of nursing.
  • Engage students and faculty in the creation of educational resources for a climate-ready health sector. 

The Global Nurses Working Group (GNWG) is a team of nurses from around the world who are working together to create resources to uplift and amplify the current Climate Resources for Health Education. The GNWG Learning Objectives Team Members are hard at work developing learning objectives for our Population-Focused Educational Work Groups.  There are currently 5 teams of nurses representing Adults, Basic Climate Change 101; Community (Public Health/School Nursing); Health Care Systems, Pediatrics, and Sustainable Actions. Each team is creating learning objectives for nurses at all levels of nursing preparation (Bachelor’s/Master’s/Doctor of Nursing Practice and PhD) addressing the topics of Air Pollution, Extreme Weather Events/Disasters (Wildfires, Hurricanes, Flooding), Food and Water Security, Heat, Mental Health, Pollution (Soil, Water, Waste), and Vector-Borne Diseases. The learning objectives are evidenced-based and will be further utilized in the future development of Case Studies and Slide Decks for the Nursing Climate Resources for Health Education. If you would like to be a part of this novel endeavor, please reach out to Gina Friel, DNP, CRNP-PC at for more information on how you can become involved.

Public Health Working Group

The Public Health working group aims to increase the knowledge and engagement of public health professionals around the effects of climate and the environment on the health and wellbeing of communities around the world. Specifically, through topic based sub-working groups, will provide continuing education for public health practitioners and opportunities for meaningful engagement across sectors and geographies.  

We will emphasize practical, actionable skills and interventions (e.g., integrating climate and health into existing health initiatives, conducting vulnerability assessments, developing adaptation plans) aimed at addressing/managing the health impacts of climate change.

Using the expertise, insight, knowledge, and energy of the members of the PHWG, we will determine the best ways of reaching our target audiences, which are the most important topics to cover, and what skills should be emphasized. Join us!

Contact: Nico Hamacher,

Neuro Climate Working Group

"The Neuro Climate Working Group (NCWG) is a global interdisciplinary team of experts committed to addressing the impacts of climate change on brain health. Our group includes scientists, clinicians, public policy experts, and advocates, all working together to understand and mitigate how environmental changes affect neurological and mental well-being. Our mission focuses on advancing research, advocating for informed policy, and fostering public awareness to improve brain health outcomes worldwide.

We plan to enhance our initiatives with new research publications, educational webinars, policy development, and community outreach programs. These efforts aim to broaden our understanding and spur actions that safeguard brain health against the effects of climate change.

If you are interested in contributing to our work or want to learn more about the NCWG, please contact Burcin Ikiz, PhD, the Chair of the Working Group, at"

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