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ANHE Newsletter – First Quarter 2023

Welcome to 118th Congress

The Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments will be extending a press release to welcome the 118th Congress in accordance with President Biden’s State of the Union Address next month.  The welcome statement will serve as a list of identified health priorities for the year, as well as a starting point for continued nursing involvement in policy after the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act.  ANHE’s welcome outreach along with the Joint Commitment Statement on Climate Change and Health signed by over 30 national nursing organizations will serve as a unified message to Congress, ensuring that health remains a focal point in conversations around the climate crisis in 2023.  Stay tuned early February and please share within your networks.

Don’t Forget! Methane Comment

Period closes 2.13.23 If you haven’t already, please take the time to submit your comment to EPA on the importance of regulating deadly pollutants from oil and natural gas operations. Join nearly 100,000 environmental advocates and 100 ANHE members nationwide, raising their voices in support of health protections.

Read ANHE’s press release and sign on here!

ANHE Newsletter – First Quarter 2023

Lobby Day

ANHE staff are coordinating the first lobby day of 2023! March 7th nurses will meet with state elected officials to discuss environmental health, climate change impacts on planetary health and the urgent need for Congressional and Administrative action following the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act. Attendees will participate in lobbying briefing, communications training, and participate in feedback debriefing with ANHE staff and Policy/Advocacy forum chairs.

Click the link to sign up!

Upcoming ANHE Forum and Committee Calls

ANHE Education Forum Monthly Call – February 13, 2023 at 5:30pm ET

  • Speaker: Shanda Demorest, DNP, RN, PHN
  • Title: Climate Smart Health Care: Preparing the next generation of climate nurses
  • Overview: Nursing educators are increasingly being charged with bringing climate into the classroom. Attend this session to learn about best practice models for understanding climate change as it relates to human health and how to take action, as well as a specific program for nursing school participation
  • Objectives:
  1. Discuss the nurses role in climate action in the healthcare sector.
  2. Identify at least two resources in the Nurses Climate Challenge for integration of climate change into nursing curricular content.
  3. Discuss the benefits for a nursing program to join the Nurses Climate Challenge.

Register here. 

Participants who attend and complete an evaluation and post-test may receive 1 Nursing CE credit.

ANHE Research Forum Monthly Call – February 23, 2023 at 5:30pm ET

  • Speaker: Jeannie Rodriguez, PhD, RN, APRN, Assistant Professor, Assistant Director, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Primary Care Program, Project Lead, SEEK Study, Emory University Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Title: The Metabolome of Passive ENDS Exposure in Kids (The M-PEEK Study)
  • Overview: Jeannie Rodriguez (presenting), Irene Yang, Donghai Liang, Rachel Tchen, and Bayan Hawsawi assessed the feasibility of non-invasive biomatrices to detect secondhand e-cigarette vapor exposure in children and describe parental perceptions of vaping. Overall, sample-specific, and feature-specific correlations were strong to moderate between blood and the non-invasive biomatrices. Fourteen significant features were annotated, noting metabolites directly reflective of e-cigarette vapor exposure and metabolites of dopamine and oxidative stress, likely representing downstream effects of exposure. Most parents began vaping to stop smoking and described vaping as a minor health hazard or not a hazard. Parent vapers described the “power of addiction”, “the appeal of vaping”, and a “cycle of judgement”.

Register here

Participants who attend and complete an evaluation and post-test may receive 1 Nursing CE credit.

ANHE Policy Advocacy Forum Monthly Call – February 2, 2023 at 3:00pm ET

We are thrilled to have joining us on this month’s call Darya Minovi of the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS)  regarding the upcoming rulemaking on Ethylene Oxide (EtO). EtO is a sterilizing agent used in half of the medical equipment sterilization in the U.S. It is also classified as a hazardous air pollutant with some serious health harms in the communities where these are located. On February 7th, UCS will be releasing a report, interactive map, and factsheet featuring 100 commercial sterilizers mapped on storymaps.

Join Zoom Meeting:

There are upcoming advocacy opportunities focusing on promoting safer alternatives as well as fenceline monitoring of these facilities. See links below for background information.





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