School of Nursing to host free virtual panel on planetary health

The Vanderbilt School of Nursing will host a free virtual panel discussion on Thursday, May 2, at noon, on the emerging multi- and transdisciplinary field of planetary health. Topics will include the implications for health and health equity, clinical practice, research, education and advocacy, and a solutions-focused mindset for the future to achieve sustainable outcomes.

Carol Ziegler

The panel will feature a 90-minute session focusing on the concept of planetary health and how it aligns with the four metaparadigm concepts of nursing, which are the fundamental pillars of the profession defined as person, health, environment and nursing. Panelists will also discuss putting these concepts into evidence-based practices that contribute to sustainable health outcomes, with an emphasis on integrating climate-justice-centered principles into health care delivery.

The featured panel of experts includes Clinical Professor Teddie M. Potter, PhD, FAAN, FNAP, director of planetary health at University of Minnesota School of Nursing. Potter co-founded Health Professionals for a Healthy Climate and holds membership in the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments and the American Academy of Nursing Environment and Public Health Expert Panel.

James Muchira

Also on the panel is Chris Hanley. He serves as the director of the National Academy of Medicine’s Grand Challenge on Climate Change, Human Health, and Equity. NAM launched this climate grand challenge as a multi-year global initiative to improve and protect human health, well-being and equity by working to transform systems that both contribute to and are impacted by climate change.

Moderating the panel is Professor Carol Ziegler, MSN’06, DNP’12, a dually certified family nurse practitioner and advanced practice holistic nurse, and the co-founder of the Climate, Health and Energy Equity Lab at the Wond’ry, Vanderbilt’s Center for Innovation. She is joined by Assistant Professor James Muchira, PhD, who specializes in population health and cardiology research, and is also a co-founder of CHEEL.

Participants are encouraged to register for the panel here. There is no cost to attend. Please contact Carol Ziegler at or James Muchira at with any questions.