The Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments is pleased to announced that the National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health (NPWH) and the Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association (PCNA) are now members of the Nursing Collaborative on Climate Change and Health. NPWH represents women’s health nurse practitioners across the United States and is focused on improving the health and wellness of women across the lifespan through evidence-based practice, education, and advocacy. The mission of NPWH “is to ensure the provision of quality primary and specialty healthcare to women of all ages by women’s health and women’s health focused nurses practitioners” (NPWH, 2018). PCNA is the leading nursing organization dedicated to preventing and managing cardiovascular disease through the continued education and support of nurses, the development of professional and patient education, leadership, and advocacy. The mission of PCNA is to “promote nurses as leaders in cardiovascular disease prevention and management across the lifespan” (PCNA, 2018).
The Nursing Collaborative on Climate Change and Health was formed in partnership with Climate for Health, an ecoAmerica program, and is aimed at building support across the nursing profession to address climate change as a health imperative. Women, especially pregnant women, are uniquely vulnerable to the health impacts of climate change, and NPWH will help elevate the importance of addressing climate change from the perspective of a women’s health nurse practitioner. Additionally, climate change poses harm to cardiovascular health creating risks for the development of or exacerbation of existing cardiac diseases. As a leader in cardiovascular disease prevention and management, PCNA will bring attention to the importance of addressing climate change as a necessary action to preventing cardiac harm. NPWH and PCNA joins with five other national nursing organizations in this effort. Current members of the Nursing Collaborative include the following organizations:
- National Association of Hispanic Nurses
- National Student Nurses’ Association
- Nurses Alliance of SEIU Healthcare
- Association of Public Health Nurses
- Public Health Nursing Section of the American Public Health Association
To learn more about the Nursing Collaborative and how your organization can become a member visit the Collaborative page here.