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Climate Change, Health, and Nursing: A Call to Action

June 12, 2017 - June 13, 2017

Join nurses from around the country to be inspired and learn how you can make a positive impact on the health of your clients, communities, and world by addressing climate change and health. As the most trusted profession, nurses need to be actively engaged in what the World Health Organization calls the most pressing public health issue of our time. Connect with nursing colleagues and hear from world class speakers at this two-day event.

On day one learn about how climate change impacts health, in addition to the nursing role in advancing climate action. On day two put your knowledge into action by meeting with policymakers to discuss climate change and health or learn from experts on writing for publication.

Monday June 12 (5.75CE)

8:30 – 9:00am Registration (Breakfast on your own)

9:00 – 9:15AM Welcome

9:15 – 10:15AM Opening Keynote Address “Visions for the Future: Opportunities for Climate Action”

Speaker (invited): Gina McCarthy, Former Administrator, US Environmental Protection Agency

10:15 – 11:00AM “Climate Change 101: Linking Climate Change and Health”

Speaker: Dr. John Balbus, Senior Advisor for Public Health andDirector, NIEHS-WHO Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health Sciences

11:00-11:15AM Break

11:15 – 12:00pmNursing and Climate Action: ANHE Workgroups Leading the Charge”


  • Education Workgroup: Ruth McDermott Levy
  • Advocacy Workgroup: Kathy Curtis
  • Research Workgroup: Laura Anderko
  • Nursing Practice Workgroup: Beth Schenk

12:00 – 1:15PM Lunch Provided at Georgetown Faculty Club

1:15 – 2:15PM Communicating for Change

Speakers: Bob Perkowitz, Founder and CEO of ecoAmerica and Doug Glancy – Director, Climate Speakers Network, Climate Reality Project

2:15 – 3:00PM “Current Policies Impacting Climate and Health”

Speakers: Lyndsay Mosley, Assistant Vice President and Director of the American Lung Association’s Healthy Air Campaign, American Lung Association and Vicki Arroyo, Executive Director of the Georgetown Climate Center at Georgetown Law

3:00 – 3:15PM Break

3:15 – 4:00PMFeeling the Heat: Nursing Success Stories”

Moderator: Jennifer Tabola, Senior Director Climate for Health

Panel: Katie Huffling, Lisa Campbell, Samantha Paradis

4:00 – 4:45pmClimate Change Resolution” 0.75 CE

Speakers (invited): Representative Ryan Costello (R-PA) and Representative Barb Comstock (R-VA)

5:00 – 6:30PM Reception and Poster Presentations: Lobby of the School of Nursing & Health Studies

6:30 PM Dinner on your own

Tuesday June 13 (2.0 CE)

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Nurses are the most trusted profession and when we talk policymakers listen! Whether you’re a novice or experienced advocate, join us and learn how to hone your advocacy skills and prepare for meetings with your legislators in the afternoon.

8:00 – 9:00AM Breakfast provided / Hotel Checkout

9:00 – 11:00AM Advocacy Training 2.0 CE

Moderator: Katie Huffling, ANHE Executive Director

11:00 – 12:00PM Lunch on your own

12:00 – 5:00PM Bus to the Capitol for legislative visits


Do you have a paper you’re working on and are stuck? Do you need guidance on how to submit for publication? What are the best journals for your topic? Learn from experts on how to successfully write for publication. If possible, bring a draft or outline.

8:00am-9:00am Breakfast provided / Hotel checkout

9:00am-11:00pm Writer’s Retreat 2.0 CE

Speaker: Barbara Polivka, RN, PhD, ANHE Research Workgroup Co-Chair

This course is pending approval by the California Board of Registered Nurses, Provider Number 16546.


Our rooms at the Georgetown Inn and Conference Center have sold out. Other nearby accommodations can be found here.


Georgetown University Copleu Formal Lounge
3700 O St NW
Washington, DC 20007 United States
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