**Update: thank you for your interest in the HEAR Leadership Institute! While we are no longer accepting applications for the first HEAR Institute cohort (April through September, 2021), we are working towards being able hold future cohorts of this program. We invite interested nurses and nursing students to sign up here to be notified about these future opportunities.**


Background: Current events, along with the historical legacy we carry as a nation, as communities, and as individuals, call for urgent leadership action to dismantle systemic racism and promote health equity. Indeed, anti-racism and health equity are inextricably interconnected with environmental and climate justice, and addressing these issues is key in promoting a just health sector transformation.


Program Description: Recognizing the need and desire for nurses to center anti-racism and health equity while taking leadership in environmental health and in their professional settings, ANHE is holding the Health Equity + Anti-Racism (HEAR) Leadership Institute for nurses and nursing students. Because of the urgent necessity of advancing action around anti-racism and health equity, the Institute will support participants in taking acts of leadership in environmental health and nursing practice that produce outcomes that benefit Black and Indigenous peoples and people of color.  We invite participants to come with previous self-study and work around HEAR, prepared to both take leadership on the issues and fully support colleagues and communities who identify as Black, Indigenous, and people of color and/or who have been given marginalized racial identities.

The design of the Institute will be guided by the needs and contexts of participants as identified through pre-program interviews in which program applicants will be invited to participate.  The program will consist of the following elements:

  • Program length: May through September, 2021
  • Participation is free of charge and open to nurses and nursing students from all backgrounds, identities, specialties, and geographical areas of the United States and other nations.  
  • Participants will be expected to take acts of leadership around HEAR in environmental health and nursing practice as part of their program activities
  • Four 1.5 hour virtual workshops offering instruction, discussion, and collaboration around health equity and anti-racism within the contexts of environmental health and justice as well as nursing practice more broadly.  Workshop dates are (All times for the workshops are 10-11:30 a.m. Pacific/ 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Mountain/ noon-1:30 p.m. Central/ 1-2:30 p.m. Eastern):
    • #1 – May 18
    • #2 – June 15
    • #3 – July 20
    • #4 – Sept 21
  • Uplifting the experience of Black, Indigenous, and people of colors and those who have been given marginalized racial identities, including the people and communities we care for and our colleagues
  • Group collaboration and community building among participants
  • Potential for individual or small group support and coaching

Please contact Rachel Kerr at rachel@envirn.org for questions.