We engage medical students in education on plant-based eating patterns and the relationship between food, health, and climate change. We incorporate plant-based nutrition into MS4SF advocacy, research, and curricular reform to further our climate goals.
We engage medical students on the interconnectedness between our world’s oceans and human health. We work with our larger leadership team to advocate for the health of our oceans and develop partnerships with institutions dedicated to research and education to advance the understanding of the ocean, challenges that threaten its health, and the role of the physician in its healing.
The 3 pillars of Ocean Health:
- Clean Water
- Plastic Pollution
Bahtya Peterson, OMS3
Nova Southeastern University Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine
Bahtya Peterson is a third year medical student at Nova Southeastern University Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine. After completing her BS in Biology with a minor in Anthropology at University of Florida she went on to work at UF’s Cancer and Genetics Research Complex focusing on breast and ovarian cancer research. While exploring her own lifestyle, she saw how individual changes, such as eating a plant based diet, could impact her own health as well as her community’s. This passion followed her to medical school where she served as president of the Plant Based Healthcare interest group working to promote the benefits of a plant based diet on the environment and treating chronic diseases. Bahtya eagerly joined MS4SF to further aid in climate change advocacy, addressing apartheids of food and nutrition, and transforming the current American healthcare system to one focused on sustainability. She hopes to empower others to pursue a mindful lifestyle that benefits themself and the community collectively.
Christian Mackey MPH, MS3
University of Michigan Medical School
Christian Mackey is a third year medical student at the University of Michigan Medical School. Born and raised in Michigan, he grew up with food and diet-related disease at the focal point in the lives of many of his loved ones. Before attending medical school, he earned his Master in Public Health at the University of Michigan School of Public Health in the Department of Nutritional Sciences, simultaneously earning a certification in dietetics. There he developed an appreciation for health education and school meals as learning tools for teaching young minds about healthy and climate-conscious diets. He looks forward to working in the MS4SF to promote a plant-based diet, the pragmatic and delicious way of eating that is healthier for our bodies and our planet. Outside of his professional life, one can find Christian at his local climbing gym, at home pickling vegetables, or at his favorite fishing spot.