Hear Adelita Cantu describe her work in the community addressing environmental justice.
Adelita Cantu, PhD, RN is an Associate Professor at UT Health San Antonio in San Antonio, Texas. She is enthusiastic about understanding environmental justice and sharing related concepts with her students. She discusses health impacts of fracking in surrounding communities as residents balance health exposures with economic gains. Listen to Dr. Cantu describe this and other issues, as she demonstrates love for her community and care for the community members and students she works with.
About your host, Beth Schenk
Elizabeth Schenk, PhD, MHI, RN-BC is Providence-WSU Nurse Scientist and Sustainability Coordinator at Providence St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula, Montana. In addition, she is assistant research professor in Nursing at Washington State University in Spokane. Dr. Schenk co-leads nursing research efforts at St. Pat’s, and also across Providence St. Joseph Health, working with nursing leaders at 50 hospitals.
In addition, Dr. Schenk leads efforts for environmental stewardship at St. Patrick, and has worked with ministries across the system to reduce environmental impacts for the past 10 years. She co-leads ACES (Action Collaborative for Environmental Stewardship) across Providence St. Joseph. In her academic work, she developed the “Nurses Environmental Awareness Tool” which has been used in multiple states and several countries to assess awareness of the environmental impacts of hospital-based healthcare. Dr. Schenk serves on the national board of the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments, and several local boards.
In her free time, she loves her family, pets, garden, hockey, aikido and music.