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Education Forum

Welcome to the ANHE Education Forum!

We are a group of dedicated nurse educators in academia and clinical practice who support environmental nursing education for nursing students entering practice; advanced nursing education at the graduate level; and faculty development. We also offer a collegial place for nurse educators to collaborate with other nurses who value environmental health nursing education.

The Education Forum offers curricular recommendations to infuse environmental health nursing across nursing curricula, teaching tips to engage nursing students in environmental health as part of nursing practice, and an online, open access ANHE e-textbook, Environmental Health in Nursing. The Forum meets on a monthly basis. 

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Resources for Nurses & Educators

Nursing curriculum often does not include content on environmental health which is critical to adequately prepare nurses and nursing students to address these issues in practice. The Education Forum has developed a number of resources for nursing students, nurses, and nursing educators/faculty to make it easier to incorporate environmental health content in curriculum and address this gap in nursing education.

Environmental Health in Nursing – The 3rd edition of the award winning textbook (winner of the 2017 American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year in Environmental Health Award), Environmental Health in Nursing is now available. The etextbook is a free, easy to use, peer reviewed online textbook written by nurses. The e-textbook is an excellent resource whether you are just learning about environmental health or have more advanced knowledge. If you are interested authoring a chapter or be involved with the process of updating the next edition, join the Education Forum or reach out to

ANHE Curriculum Recommendations – The ANHE Education Forum has created environmental health recommendations for ADN, Baccalaureate, RN-BSN, and graduate nursing curricula to assist faculty in incorporating environmental health content into existing nursing curriculum. The recommendations include guidance for how specific content area can be incorporated into existing nursing courses, teaching strategies and resources, and the related nursing competencies. 


Strategies for Incorporating Climate Change into Nursing Curriculum – In addition to the general environmental health recommendations, the ANHE Education Forum has developed a set of curriculum recommendations specific to climate change. 

Education Forum Chairs

Joanna Fisher-Whilden

Joanna Fisher-Whilden, MA, BSN, is a registered nurse living in Durham, North Carolina. She has over ten years of experience in environmental policy, communications, and grassroots organizing. She led community outreach campaigns for the US Forest Service and National Park Service and communications campaigns for the Trust for Public Land. Joanna has worked extensively to incorporate public health into national conversations on conservation and access to parks and public lands, and has led coalitions to pass federal legislation to protect and expand our shared public lands. Joanna is passionate about maternal fetal health and has worked as a registered nurse in obstetrics and neonatal intensive care units. She holds a BA from Colby College, MA from American University’s School of International Service, and BSN from Duke University School of Nursing. She is also a yoga instructor, distance runner, amateur potter, and mom.

Adrienne Wald

Adrienne Wald, EdD, MBA, RN, MCHES, CNE is an associate professor of nursing at the College of New Rochelle/Mercy College in New York teaching health promotion, research, and leadership. Her clinical background is in oncology nursing and she has served as a health services administrator at the American Red Cross (Greater New York).  A longtime tobacco control advocate, she works to advance health policy for disease prevention and wellness, and promote social justice. Dr. Wald’s research interests include weight management and physical activity epidemiology. She is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) currently serving as an evidence analyst for a position statement on exertional heat-related illness, is a member of the Exercise is Medicine™ Education Committee, and the Exercise is Medicine on Campus® initiative. She is a member of the American Public Health Association (APHA). Her research has been published in the Clinical Journal of Oncology NursingAmerican Journal of Health Promotion, and Journal of Nursing Scholarship and Nursing Economic$. She holds a Doctor of Education (EdD) from Teachers College Columbia University, MBA in healthcare management, and BSN from Boston University (1997). Adrienne has competed in a dozen marathons from NY to LA, including Marine Corps, Chicago and Philadelphia, qualifying for 6 Boston Marathons, and running it five times. She was head coach of the College of New Rochelle Blue Angels women’s country team for five years and has served as a medical race volunteer and  race director.