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Happy Fall Nurses! Summer is gone and the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments (ANHE) is back in the swing of things. In this newsletter, you will find events and happenings for the coming months. Our Forums and Committees have some really great calls planned and we hope you are able to join!

ANHE Newsletter – Fall 2022

The Mid-Atlantic Center for Children's Health and the Environment presents

Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS): Health Provider Series

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are chemicals that are widely used in consumer goods and can be found in drinking water throughout the US. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) special committee recently examined the health outcomes associated with the most widely studied PFAS and made recommendations on who, when, how, and what to test, as well as the risks of testing. This series will provide information on the principles used for framing clinician decision making when there is uncertainty in outcomes in the scientific literature, what potential health effects may be associated with exposure, recommendations for testing and clinical follow-up, and special considerations when engaging environmental justice communities.

Participants will engage in the bi-directional virtual knowledge network by sharing clinical challenges and learning from experts and peers. 

Visit the event site to register for each session individually

ANHE Research Forum Monthly Call 

Thursday, October 27, 2022 at 3pm EST

Luz Huntington-Moskos PhD, RN, CPN, Associate Professor of Nursing and Director of the Community Engagement Core for the Center for Integrative Environmental Health Science (CIEHS) at the University of Louisville, Louisville , Kentucky.

Dr. Huntington-Moskos has a program of research focused on the intersection between adolescent health, environmental health and health disparities. She is working to develop report-back strategies geared towards adolescents, with the goal of building environmental health literacy and promoting positive health behavior change. In addition, Dr Huntington-Moskos is part of a research team working to assess residential exposure to cleaning/disinfecting products among adults with asthma and the impact on asthma symptoms. This presentation will discuss the challenges and lessons learned during integration of an air quality monitor, spirometer, and ecological momentary assessment (EMA) to assess residential air quality and asthma symptoms among adults with asthma.

The next monthly call will occur on Thursday, November 17, 2022 at 3pm EST where Daniel Smith, Lisa Thompson, Ruth McDermott-Levy and Liz Mizelle will present at the November 17th meeting. Interventions to Reduce the Impact of Climate Change on Health in Rural Communities: A Systematic Review. Continuing Education credits will be offered for this event.

ANHE Global Nurses Climate Change Committee Monthly Calls will occur on October 20, 2022 at 5pm EST and on November 17, 2022 at 5pm EST.

Please check website calendar for updates


ANHE Food & Agriculture Committee Monthly Call will occur on Wednesday, November 2nd at 7pm EST

Please check website calendar for updates


Stay tuned for information about the following upcoming events:

  • Quarterly webinar 'How to get invovled with the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments'
  • Fall 'Storytelling for Health Equity' workshop
  • ANHE's Giving Season events and opportunities

ANHE Policy – Advocacy Forum Monthly Call

Thursday, October 6, 2022 at 3pm EST

The Policy-Advocacy Forum will host a speaker  from Vot-ER, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization working to integrate civic engagement into healthcare. 

The next monthly call will occur on Thursday, November 3, 2022 at 3pm EST.

Please check website calendar for updates

ANHE Education Forum Monthly Call

Monday, October 10, 2022 at 5:30 EST

The Education Forum will recap the National League for Nurses Summit and review the summit sessions, with a focus on sustainability.

The next monthly calls will occur on Monday, November 14, 2022 at 5:30pm EST, where Dr. Ruth McDermott-Levy and Dr. Sarah Kagan will discuss COIL (collaborative on-line, international, learning) courses they teach about climate change & health with Nigeria, India, Finland, and US

and on Monday, December 12, 2022 at 5:30pm EST, where we'll discuss activities to incorporate climate change into the nursing curriculum.

Please check website calendar for updates

ANHE Practice Forum Monthly Call

Tuesday, October 11, 2022 at 6pm EST

The Practice Forum will host a presentation entitled Scavenging waste anesthetic gases for a greener future given by Elizabeth Card, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, CPAN, CCRP, FASPAN

Dr. Card is the Past President of the American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses (ASPAN) and serves as the Chair of the ASPAN Action Coalition to Address Waste Anesthetic Gases. This presentation is intended to raise awareness of and educate on the negative health impacts of occupational exposure to waste anesthetic gases (WAGs) outside of the operating rooms and provide innovative, sustainable recommendations
to reduce exposure for providers, patients and the environment. Resources will be shared and a request for endorsement and support for ASPAN WAG Position Statement created with and supported by AIHA.

1 Continuing Education credit will be offered to attendees who complete event evaluation and post-test. 

The next monthly call will occur on Thursday, November 17, 2022 at 6pm EST.

Environmental and Climate Health Nursing Curriculum – Research Study Volunteers Needed

Hello ANHE Colleagues,

You are being invited to participate in a research study to help identify content, learning activities (including simulation) and competency assessment approaches to aid in the development of a crosswalk tool any nursing academic institution can use to infuse environmental health and climate change topics into existing curricula.

Below is additional information about the study, criteria for participation, and a link and QR code taking you to the survey.

***Please pass along to colleagues you think would be interested in participating***

Please contact Dr. Jennifer J. Wasco, primary investigator, at 412-624-9079 or email wascoj@pitt.edu with any questions.

IRB# 22040116

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