UW CIPE Knowledge Exchange Series (KES) on Sustainability and One Health: An Interprofessional Approach to Addressing Our Climate Crisis

Monday, November 8, 2021 from 5:30pm-6:45pm via Zoom
Registration: https://bit.ly/3mQjRC2

The session will address the question of how health professionals can take an interprofessional approach to addressing the climate crisis. In particular, we will be discussing the concept of One Health — people, plants, animals and our shared environment – and how we can be formidable advocates for change through education and action.

Learning Objectives:

  • Examine the effect of our health care system on the growing climate crisis.
  • Describe the One Health concept and how it can be put into action.
  • Discover how an interprofessional approach can impact the carbon footprint of health care through education, advocacy, and personal actions.


5:30pm-5:45pm: Welcome/Videos/Introductions
Do No Harm:  https://youtu.be/vv5paSCTYAk
What is One Health:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kfluP-tFC2k
• Introduction of Panelists

5:45pm-6:05pm: Panel Discussion with Hannah Sherfinski (Panel Moderator)

6:05pm-6:25pm: Interprofessional Small Group Discussions
• Education
• Advocacy
• Personal Responsibility for Sustainability
• Calls to Action

6:25pm-6:45pm: Large Group Debrief
• Debrief from Small Group Discussions
• Shared Calls to Action
• Final Q+A
• Wrap up

Hannah Sherfinski
Medical Students for a Sustainable Future Leader
​UW-Madison 2024 MD-MPH Candidate

Invited Panelists:
Katherine Collins, MS, DNP, AGPCNP-BC, FNP-BC, Clinical Assistant Professor, UW-Madison School of Nursing

I am a Clinical Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing at UW Madison. I am also a Nurse Practitioner and most recently worked at a federally qualified community health center in the Chicago suburbs. My passion for climate change and planetary health has grown out of working with individuals both in the US and abroad as well as through service trips with the Sierra Club. Through these experiences I witnessed the devastation that is actively occurring to our planet, the effects that it has on human health and on ecosystems, and the extensive role that social inequity plays. I am a member of the Alliance of Nurses For Healthy Environments (ANHE) as well as Clinicians For Planetary Health and Wisconsin Health Professionals For Climate Action.

Andrea Hicks, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Hanson Family Fellow in Sustainability, UW-Madison Director of Sustainability Education and Research

Andrea Hicks is an associate professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Director for Sustainability Education and Research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She earned her BS degree in Environmental Engineering at Michigan Technological University and her MS in Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences at Clemson University. She completed her PhD and postdoctoral work in Civil Engineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the Institute for Environmental Science and Policy. Her work focuses on the environmental impacts and sustainability implications of emerging technologies. Dr. Hicks holds a National Science Foundation CAREER award, is the Hanson Family Fellow in Sustainability, and won the Sustainable Nanotechnology Organization’s Emerging Investigator Award. Her work broadly spans emerging technologies including health care.

Kurt Sladky, MS, DVM, Dipl. ACZM, Dipl. ECZM (Zoo Health Management & Herpetology), Clinical Professor, Zoological Medicine/Special Species Health, Department of Surgical Sciences, UW-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Sladky received his MS in Animal Behavior and DVM from the University of Wisconsin and completed a Residency in Zoological Medicine at North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine and the North Carolina Zoo. He is a Diplomate of the American College of Zoological Medicine and the European College of Zoological Medicine and is currently a Clinical Professor and Section Head of Zoological Medicine and the Special Species Health Service at the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Sladky is also a member of the faculty in the Master of Public Health program at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and is a faculty advisor to the University of Wisconsin Global Heath Institute. His current research interests include analgesia and anesthesia of captive and free-ranging nondomestic species, and noninfectious and infectious diseases of wildlife associated with anthropogenic change.

Michel Wattiaux, PhD, Professor in Dairy Systems Management, Director of the Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems (CIAS), UW-Madison

Michel was raised on a dairy farm in Belgium and completed a Ph.D. in ruminant nutrition at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Michel became a professor in the Department of Dairy Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2000. His research focuses on the environmental impacts of dairy cattle feeding strategies and the sustainability of dairy systems domestically and internationally. Michel’s high commitment to teaching and learning has earned him many teaching awards. Currently Michel supervises four graduate students and teaches four courses. He is also the interim director of the center for integrated agricultural systems in CALS.

Karin Zuegge, MD, Department of Anesthesiology, School of Medicine and Public Health, UW Health Medical Director of Sustainability

Dr. Karin Zuegge is a general and ambulatory anesthesiologist at UW Madison. The first Medical Director of Sustainability at UW Health, Dr. Zuegge is originally from Wisconsin. She studied abroad in Freiburg and Frankfurt, Germany where she obtained her medical degree and gained further interest in every-day sustainability practices. She completed her residency at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, MA in 2010, where resource conservation was emphasized from an economic standpoint. She came to UW Health in 2011 and formed an OR green team to encourage environmentally friendly practices. This group has tracked > 70 % emissions reduction since 2012.