Katie Huffling, MS, RN, CNM, FAAN is a Certified Nurse-Midwife and is the Executive Director of the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments. Ms. Huffling works with nurses and national nursing organizations on a variety of environmental health issues including climate change, chemical policy, inclusion of environmental health into nursing education, and sustainable healthcare. Ms. Huffling has written numerous peer-reviewed articles on environmental health issues and was an editor of the recently released environmental health e-textbook “Environmental Health in Nursing” which won the 2017 AJN Book of the Year in Environmental Health.
Director of Programs
Cara Cook, MS, RN, AHN-BC is the Director of Programs for the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments. In her role, she leads ANHE environmental health programming to engage nurses, nursing organizations, and the profession in advancing health advocacy, education, and practice change. Prior to joining ANHE, Cara was a Local Care Coordinator with Healthways-Sharecare, Inc., coordinating care for high-risk patients in partnership with their primary care providers as part of an insurance-based Patient-Centered Medical Home program. She has experience in critical care nursing working in both medical and trauma intensive care. Cara holds a Master’s in Community/Public Health Nursing through the University of Maryland.
Jessica Mengistab, BSN, RN is the Program Manager, Climate & Clean Energy Advocacy for the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments. n climate and public health advocacy with the added lens of a bedside nurse. Jessica was first introduced to ANHE through a public health course during her studies at Villanova University’s second degree BSN program. Her background undergraduate studies in Sociology and personal interest in public and community health made her gravitate to a weekend conference for student nurses offered by ANHE and she remained involved on a volunteer basis after graduation. Jessica’s first passion is maternal-child health, a specialty of nursing where she has worked for the past six years. In addition to caring for birthing individuals in both the labor and postpartum setting Jessica is passionate about raising awareness concerning the many disparities in our nation’s health sector -with an emphasis on maternal child health.
Hannah Noel-Bouchard, BSN, RN is a public health nurse and the Nurse Operations Coordinator for the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments. She supports the organization’s staff and nurse members, who are working in communities across the nation to promote healthy environments. She is currently a school nurse in Charleston, SC and volunteers weekly at a free clinic serving the Charleston area barrier islands. Prior to joining ANHE, Hannah has worked in cardiac/telemetry and research nursing. After participating in ANHE’s inaugural Environmental Health Nurse Fellowship program, Hannah continues to build relationships and work with local communities to better understand, prepare for, and mitigate the negative health effects of climate change and polluted air, soil, and water.