Kent Boyd

Dr. of Nursing Practice Student


Kent Boyd is a registered nurse and Doctor of Nursing Practice student in the Health Innovation and Leadership program at the University of Minnesota, focusing on Planetary Health. Kent is the Policy Fellow for Health Professionals for a Healthy Climate, on the leadership team for the UMN student group Health Students for a Healthy Climate, co-founder of the Strategic Actions Group for the Nursing Climate Resources for Health Education initiative through the Global Consortium on Climate and Health Education, co-developer of UMN Crosswalk Tool, Adjunct Faculty at Viterbo University, Planetary Health Campus Ambassador for UMN, co-developer of Minnesota Ride for Their Lives event, and Special Olympics coach. Throughout his career, the size of his patients continues to grow, starting in pediatric oncology to adult orthopedics and now focusing on the health of the planet. 

Research Interests

Food systems

Community empowerment

Adaptation, mitigation, and resilience

Systems change

Current Projects

Community Climate Resilience Champions (CCRC) Training Program

CCRC Network Coordinating

Selected Publications and Presentations

Journey to Resilience: Nursing-led Community Projects and Partnerships poster presentation for 2024 Planetary Health Annual Meeting: Sunway Centre, Malaysia; Lor, P., Thone, M., & Boyd, K.

Strategies for Physical Resilience in the face of Rising Heat, a Changing Climate, & Health Challenges presentation for 2023 Emerging Farmers Conference: Mounds View, Minnesota; Fredrickson-Gosewisch, L., Boyd, K., & Walton, A.

Building the Planetary Health Movement: Health Professional Efforts to Promote Adaptation and Resilience Across Minnesota symposium for 2023 Midwest Climate Resilience Conference: Duluth, Minnesota; Boyd, K., Doheny, B., Lor, P., Potter, T., & Thone, M.

Health Equity Through Climate Adaptation and Resilience presentation for Minnesota Public Health Association: Virtual; 4/20/2023; Boyd, K., & Meyers, N.