Alberta Health Professionals for the Environment

Alberta Health Professionals for the Environment (AHPE) is a working group of the Alberta Environmental Network. We are dedicated to advancing environmental health awareness and advocacy by activating Alberta's health community.

Comprised of health organizations from various health fields, we strive to promote sustainable practices and policies to safeguard both public health and the environment for our and future generations of Albertans.

Currently the triple planetary crisis of pollution causing climate change, biodiversity loss, and harm to the air, water and soil is believed to be the greatest long-term threat to the future and current generations of humans and all other life forms on Earth (planetary health). 

Our Mission

Our mission is to raise awareness about the interconnections between environmental pollution and human health, and the health of the planet, by empowering health professionals, patients and the public to activate, advocate for and implement practices to reduce environmental pollution in their workplaces, communities and broader society.

Who Are We?

Members of the Alberta Health Professionals for the Environment Working Group are drawn from a diverse range of organizations within the healthcare sector. These organizations represent nursing, pharmacy, medicine, public health, health-related charities, and allied health professions and workers. Comprised of dedicated health and healthcare professionals, academics, and subject matter experts, AHPE brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to this much needed space. Take a look at our AHPE Working Group Member's Directory.

AHPE Group Member's Directory

What We Do

  • Education and Awareness: We work with our member organizations to provide resources for health professionals, patients and the public about the environmental pollution's impact on planetary health, how to integrate sustainability into their daily life, and how to advocate for broader societal policies to reduce our pollution and sustain the planet.
  • Advocacy: We work with health professional organizations to build consensus and unify advocacy from the health sector for societal policies and initiatives that reduce environmental pollution and for our organizations and members to be internally consistent with these policies. 
  • Collaboration: We collaborate with other provincial, national, and international organizations, within the health sector, the environmental advocacy community and broader society to amplify our impact and effect positive change.

The AHPE is dedicated to providing health professionals, patients and the public with access to reliable resources to help  understand the connections between environmental pollution and planetary health. We believe that informed health sector, patients and public are empowered to make changes. Our resources are designed to outline the known connections between pollution harming the environment and health, and to provide guidance on how you can protect your well-being, that of future generations and the planet.

Soon, we will be launching a comprehensive database of resources and downloadable materials, including informative brochures and guides. 

As health professionals, we have a unique opportunity to influence both individual health outcomes and broader environmental sustainability efforts. The Alberta Environmental Network (AEN), which links Alberta based organizations committed to preserving and protecting the environment, has formed a planetary health working group – “Alberta Health Professionals for the Environment (AHPE)” – to help mobilize and coordinate the health sector towards addressing environmental risks to planetary health, including the health of humans and all species.

This Health Working Group offers resources and support to help build awareness and consensus within the health community and provide resources for health practitioners on how to effectively communicate with patients and the public about the interconnectedness of planetary and human health.  We will work towards a unified health sector approach to advocate for reductions in pollution and loss of biodiversity that threaten our and future generations health and wellbeing.

Who Are We?

Members of the Alberta Health Professionals for the Environment Working Group are drawn from a diverse range of organizations within the healthcare sector. These organizations represent nursing, pharmacy, medicine, public health, health-related charities, and allied health professions and workers. Comprised of dedicated health and healthcare professionals, academics, and subject matter experts, AHPE brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to this much needed space. Take a look at our AHPE Working Group Member's Directory.

AHPE Group Member's Directory

What We Offer:

  • Building Awareness and Consensus: Access resources and participate in initiatives aimed at raising awareness within the health community about the connections between environmental factors, human health and planetary health. Join us in promoting reduction in pollution within the health sector and the broader society (including patients, the public, governments and the private sector).
  • Practitioner Education: Gain practical guidance and tools for effectively learning about the triple environmental threat and educational resources for patients and the public. Learn how to link environmental factors to health outcomes and empower patients to take action for their own health and the health of the planet.
  • Networking Opportunities: Connect with like-minded practitioners who share your commitment to advancing environmental health awareness and advocacy. Collaborate on AHPE and AEN projects and initiatives aimed at promoting sustainable health practices and policies.
  • Advocacy Tools: Access resources and toolkits to help you advocate for environmentally sustainable health solutions within your organization and community. Join us in advocating for policies and practices that prioritize both human health and environmental stewardship.

Get Involved:

Join our network of health professionals dedicated to advancing environmental health awareness and advocacy. Together, we can drive positive change in health delivery and promote a healthier planet for all. Please use the contact form to get in touch with us. 

“Climate change is the greatest global health threat facing the world in the 21st century” – The Lancet Countdown (Nov. 5, 2022)

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Resources:

Find resources including:

AHPE's Terms of Reference The AHPE's Terms of Reference outline the Working Group's background, vision and mission, goals, activities, and information about it's membership and meetings.
Call to Action This health sector Call to Action on Climate Change provides high level recommendations needed to mitigate climate change and to identify potential contributions specific to health sector organizations and their members.
Fact Sheet Our Fact Sheet is appended resources on the impact of human induced climate change and pollution (i.e., greenhouse gasses) causing climate change from the health sector perspective.
Downloads

Find downloadable material, including:

  • Key Messages
  • "What Health Organizations Can Do To Help Reduce Climate Change"
  • Practitioner Brochures
Other Practitioner Documents Other practitioner documents, to be continually updated.

Coming Soon:

Stay tuned for the launch of our resource database, more downloadable materials, and an events calendar. We need to work together to make informed decisions about our health, that of future generations and the planet.

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