In May, a group representing the Master of Public Health Program and UW-Madison traveled to Edinburgh, Scotland, to attend the annual Planetary Health Alliance Meeting. Read MPH student Kim Kassander's recap below.
The Planetary Health Alliance is a consortium of over 95 dedicated universities, NGOs, government entities, research institutions and other partners around the world committed to advancing planetary health. The conference provided a setting for connecting, communicating and facilitating planetary health science. Topics ranged from food and nutrition to the application of faith traditions and encompassing indigenous voices.
Even with days filled with a tremendous amount of information, there was still time for fun. One night we got to dance the night away to a Cèilidh, which is a traditional Scottish social gathering in the National Museum of Scotland. On another evening, Jonathan Patz (MPH program faculty), Laurel Myers (DVM-MPH student) and I hiked up Arthurs Seat while contemplating the world’s problems. I had an incredible time learning about the continuous research that is being done about how we can make this world a better place for everyone.