Nurses #ProtectCleanWater Series 10

From Phoenix to Miami — and everywhere in between — access to clean water is vital to healthy lives. As the climate crisis continues (and worsens) we need a government that protects our most precious resources — and our health. Though the challenges vary from state to state, it’s clear that clean water is too difficult to access, especially during COVID-19. Flooding and rising sea levels have made pollution and unsafe water more prevalent than ever, expanding offshore drilling will only make climate change worse, and rollbacks on federal Clean Water Act protections puts public health at risk. Across the nation, nurses are sharing what you can do to ensure the health of people everywhere!


Katie Huffling – Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments (ANHE)


Cara Cook – ANHE


Pat Kelly – Arizona


Leah Kinnaird – Florida


Dawn Smith – Michigan


Crystal Hepburn – Michigan


Carol Lindsey – Florida


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10 thoughts on “Nurses #ProtectCleanWater Series

  • Lauren Lynch


    My name is Lauren Lynch and I am a nursing student at NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing. I am graduating this May 2021 and am very enthusiastic about protecting water and ensuring that everyone has access to clean drinking water.

    Lauren Lynch

  • Mary Carol Dulske

    My name is Mary Carol Dulske, and I am a student at NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing. I am passionate about ensuring clean water across the globe because clean water is essential to healthy living, and the impact of not having clean water extends far beyond individual health. Having clean water is essential to the health and safety of the entire globe.

  • Ann Yoo

    Hello! I am a student at the NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing. I think this is a critical issue that must be addressed, especially in this day and age where clean drinking water has become more difficult to access throughout the current pandemic. As Katie Huffling mentioned in the video, it’s challenging to reinforce to patients and the general population to practice hand hygiene when there may not even be access to clean water. Moreover, according to the CDC, unsafe drinking water, inadequate availability of water for hygiene, and a lack of access to sanitation altogether contribute to approximately 88% of deaths globally. By promoting water, sanitation, and hygiene, there is such a grand potential to prevent these global diseases and reduce morbidity & mortality. As a result, this is a crucial issue we must focus on and aim to improve.

  • Katie Foos

    Hi I am Katie and I am currently enrolled in the Rory Meyers College of Nursing at NYU and am particularly interested in this topic because of all the problems with clean water access that has been brought to light in recent years. Flint, Michigan was particularly appalling to me because I believe that everyone should be able to have access to clean water and not having that can cause extremely bad health outcomes.

  • Bankesha Samuel

    Hello, I am a 4th sequence student at the Rory Meyers College of Nursing at NYU. In a country like the United States, it seems bizarre that clean fresh water is something that not everyone has access to. Ensuring that individuals have constant access to clean water should be a priority for all forms of government and communities because it can have a large impact on individuals overall health. In some areas where individuals don’t have access to clean water, the health outcomes in that area could potentially be worsened.

  • Chanel Dulay

    Hello! I am a Rory Meyers College of Nursing NYU student. I am interested in this Protect Clean Water project because water is a very important every day source of drinking, cooking, cleaning, and bathing. We must make sure that it is clean to prevent the deterioration of everyone”s health.

  • Ehab Saadeh

    Hello everyone! My name is Ehab Saadeh. I am a student at the NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing.

    Clean water is a human right that is unfortunately not treated as so in many parts of the country, and indeed, the world. Many across the nation have difficulty accessing clean water and this issue has been exacerbated by the recent rollback of the protections created by the Clean Water Act. As nurses, it is important that our advocacy for our patients is not simply limited to the settings in which we provide care. Being involved in policy making decisions is something that nurses should always strive to do, and I believe that access to clean water is a major issue that deserves our attention and action.

  • Rafaella

    I am a Rory Meyers College of Nursing NYU student and I support #ProtectCleanWater. Clean water is vital to healthy people and communities and it should not be difficult to access.

  • Amy Song

    Hi, I am Amy, a nursing student at Rory Meyers College of Nursing. I am interested in the topic of clean water, as I believe water to be one of the fundamental human rights. As a cornerstone of all life, water access should be free and equitable to everyone. Unfortunately, there are still many areas without clean water access most commonly due to the destruction of land for the commercial abuse of resources. We owe it to all people to provide clean water access as it does not only keep the wellness of all people, but the wellness of plants and animals that contribute to the health of our planet.