Summer Institute on Sustainable Health Systems

Quick facts

The Summer Institute will be held online and in-person from June 20-23rd, 2022.
In-person hubs in Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, and Halifax
A virtual hub will also be offered.

The application deadline for all hubs has now passed.

About the Summer Institute

Climate and environmental change pose an accelerating and complex threat to 21st-century health systems—and these modern health systems are a significant contributor to global carbon emissions. If the health sector were a country, it would be the 5th largest emitter globally. There is an urgent need for transformative change to make our health systems less harmful to health, and to adapt to the health, health equity and health system impacts of climate change.

Despite this need, few of the relevant graduate programs (e.g., health services and policy research, public health, health management), or healthcare professional programs (e.g., medicine, nursing, dentistry, allied health) equip students with the knowledge and skills required to lead, manage, analyze, inform, or deliver sustainable health systems.

To fill this gap, we invite trainees from relevant programs studying at Canadian universities to become part of this change by attending the inaugural Summer Institute on climate-resilient and low carbon sustainable health systems.

The Summer Institute will provide health services and policy trainees (HSP) (including healthcare professional, public health, & health management trainees with an interest in health services and policy) with the opportunity to increase awareness of sustainable health systems and current action in Canada. Trainees will develop knowledge, leadership skills and capabilities, and build a professional, interdisciplinary network of students and professionals with interests in the area of sustainable health systems.

The Summer Institute will be held in-person and virtually from June 20-23rd, 2022. Students will attend the event for 6 hours per day. In-person hubs will be located in:

  • Vancouver (University of British Columbia)
  • Toronto (University of Toronto, St. George Campus)
  • Ottawa (University of Ottawa)
  • Montreal (Université de Montréal)
  • Halifax (Dalhousie University)

A virtual hub will also be offered for those unable to attend an in-person hub. English will be the language of instruction at all hubs except the in-person hub in Montreal, which will be bilingual.

The Summer Institute is hosted by CASCADES (Creating a Sustainable Canadian Health System in a Climate Crisis), and ELESH (Emerging Leaders for Environmental Sustainability in Healthcare), in partnership with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research – Institute of Health Services and Policy Research (CIHR-IHSPR).

Summer Institute Objectives

  1. Gain familiarity with topics and concepts salient to sustainable health systems;
  2. Increase awareness of sustainable health systems and current research and action in Canada;
  3. Develop leadership and professional skills and capabilities for creating a sustainable learning health system; and
  4. Build a professional interdisciplinary and inter-professional network of researchers, practitioners, clinicians, leaders, and trainees interested in, or working in the area of sustainable health systems.

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Regional Partners

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Vancouver Hub
University of Toronto
Toronto Hub
uOttawa Faculty of Medicine
Ottawa Hub
CReSP Centre de recherche en santé publique
Montreal Hub
Dalhousie University
Halifax Hub