Our mission Improving Human and Planetary Health.

Our mission is to present the evidence that the dietary pattern that best preserves both human and planetary health is based on minimally processed, whole plant foods grown using sustainable and restorative agricultural practices. The IHPH also seeks to provide educational opportunities for those who want to restore human and planetary health, create resilient, healthy communities and help transform current policy that favors high cost medical care, industrial agricultural and food production systems over people and the environment. ​

our vision A world in which human activity
supports the health of the planet
on which human health depends.


• prevent and treat chronic diseases • help shift the health care delivery focus
away from pills and • procedures to disease prevention and reversal through
lifestyle behavior changes • reduce agricultural related greenhouse gas emissions
and environmental degradation • preserve and protect surface and ground fresh
water sources • help mitigate climate change through restorative agricultural
practices that increase organic matter in the soil, sequestering carbon and
preventing soil erosion • help create resilient, healthy communities

Meet the team experts and passionate people

Creating a culture of healthy food, grown sustainably, will have a positive impact human and planetary health.

Amanda McKinney, M.D.

Amanda McKinney, M.D.Founder and Executive Director

Amanda McKinney is a physician with a passion for Lifestyle Medicine and environmental issues who recognizes the intimate relationship between our food and the health of both humans and the planet. She is both a Fellow and a member of the Board of Directors of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine and is a Certified Physician Executive. She founded the Institute of Human and Planetary Health to improve human health by transforming medical education and healthcare delivery and creating healthy, resilient communities. Creating a culture of healthy food, grown sustainably, will have a positive impact human and planetary health.

David Dudley, MS

David Dudley, MSStudent Programs Manager

As an undergraduate, David Dudley studied biology, ecology and the romance languages before receiving his MS in Sustainble Systems in Pennsylvania. He then worked for an international environmental consulting firm studying the effects of contaminants on riparian systems. Dudley later conducted studies for the government on the effects of built environments on natural ecosystems. He went on teach Biology, Spanish and Japanese before co-founding a company that focuses on converting wastes into alternative fuels. Dudley gained insight into environmental issues through various travel experiences and completed a Permaculture Certification in Australia under David Holmgren. He appeared on a TV series on environmental education and continues to teach publicly.

Liz VanWormer

Liz VanWormerAdvisory Board Member

Liz VanWormer​ is an assistant professor of practice in the School of Natural Resources and the School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at University of Nebraska, Lincoln. In the US and East Africa, Liz focuses on health at the interface of humans, animals, and the environment. She uses the One Health approach, bringing together diverse stakeholders, disciplines and perspectives to address complex health challenges facing people, animals and ecosystems.

Jane Kleeb

Jane KleebAdvisory Board Member

Jane Kleeb is an experienced grassroots organizer, manager, political strategist and nonprofit entrepreneur. Jane is a leader who deeply understands the need to connect issues that rural and urban communities are facing to politics. Leading the statewide healthcare reform project called Change That Works, Jane brought together grassroots advocates in an effort that was successful in helping ensure pre-esxiting conditions are a thing of the past and that all Nebraskans have access to heath care. In 2010, Kleeb founded the grassroots group Bold Nebraska leading farmers, ranchers and Native allies in an effort to stop the Keystone XL pipeline. She now serves as the Nebraska Democratic Party Chair. ​​

Alan Kolok

Alan KolokAdvisory Board Member

Alan Kolok is the Director of the Idaho Water Resources Research Institute at the University of Idaho. Kolok just recently finished a 19 year career in the state of Nebraska (at Nebraska Omaha and the Nebraska Medical Center) in which he conducted research and lead outreach and community engagement campaigns focused on water issues. In addition, he founded and directed the Nebraska Watershed Network. The mission of the Nebraska Watershed Network was to involve students, working in conjunction with local stakeholders, in projects that focus on the environmental stewardship of freshwater resources and the biota that those waterways support. Kolok is also the author of: Modern Poisons – A Brief Introduction to Contemporary Toxicology a book that focuses on modern toxicological issues in language that a non-scientist can understand.

Brian Depew

Brian DepewAdvisory Board Member

Brian Depew is the Executive Director at the Center for Rural Affairs, a nationally recognized advocacy and development organization headquartered in Lyons, Nebraska. In college, he immersed himself in environmental and agricultural ethics, and wrote a master’s thesis on the moral obligation to save the family farm. Today, he makes good on that obligation, and a larger obligation to all rural residents, by advocating for policies that support rural communities.

Gus Von Roenn

Gus Von RoennAdvisory Board Member

Gus Von Roenn is an advocate for permaculture and sustainable practices throughout Nebraska. He works through many organizations like the Sierra Club, Nebraskans for Solar, Nebraska Sustainability Agricultural Society, the Metro Omaha Food Policy Council and Omaha Permaculture to elevate the discussion of issues surrounding healthy food accessibility, land stewardship and entrepreneurship in low-income communities. Gus is a certified permaculture designer and is the founder of a nonprofit called Omaha Permaculture that accepts degraded, vacant land for restoration while providing space to incubate agriculture-related entrepreneurial opportunities. As an advocate for everything Permaculture and sustainability in Nebraska, he likes to help many organizations teach their constituents the limitless opportunities that create abundance in all of our communities.

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The IHPH is a member of the Planetary Health Alliance which is "Deciphering the links between accelerating global environmental change and human health to support robust policy making and public education around the world."

Planetary Health Alliance

The IHPH is a member of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network

Planetary Health Alliance