The Planetary Health Report Card (PHRC) is a student-driven, metric-based initiative to inspire planetary health and sustainable healthcare education engagement in medical schools. It offers a standardized tool for medical schools to complete a needs assessment for their medical school, and to track improvement longitudinally over time. The goal is to drive change: by incorporating planetary health into the medical school curriculum, expanding research opportunities, engaging meaningfully with community environmental justice efforts, supporting medical students who seek to organize around planetary health at the institutional level, and implementing sustainable practices.
The PHRC initiative was founded in 2019 by medical students at University of California, San Francisco. The first PHRC report was published in 2020 and included data from thirteen medical schools in the US. See our inaugural report here:
The 2021 PHRC, published on Earth Day, April 22nd, 2021 included 62 schools from the US, England, Canada and Ireland. Check out the 2020-2021 Report!
Planetary Health Report Card Chair
Karly Hampshire, MS3
University of California, San Francisco
Karly Hampshire is a third year medical student at University of California, San Francisco. She completed her undergraduate education at Emory University, where she studied Anthropology and Human Biology with a particular focus on displaced populations. Learning about the societal forces underlying migration and working with local refugees as the director of a refugee tutoring program, she saw how climate change and other anthropogenic environmental impacts drove people from their homes in direct and indirect ways, which drove her to become more involved with environmental advocacy in medical school. In 2019, she founded the Planetary Health Report Card with classmates at UCSF, which has become a global initiative involving over 60 schools in 4 countries. She is also a University of California Carbon Neutrality Initiative fellow. She is excited to work with the incredible community of MS4SF to bring about sustainable environmental change and a healthier, more equitable future.