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Ep 13 Leading the Way to Safer Chemicals (w/ Kathy Curtis)

Nurses for Healthy Environments Podcast
Nurses for Healthy Environments Podcast
Ep 13 Leading the Way to Safer Chemicals (w/ Kathy Curtis)

Hear from Kathy Curtis, a leading national voice on advocating for safer chemicals.

Kathy Curtis, LPN, Executive Director of Clean and Healthy New York, has committed her career to reducing harms that consumers are exposed to in everyday chemicals. As she says, over 90% of chemicals in the US marketplace are not fully understood, in terms of their impacts on human and environmental health. Through her leadership and persistence, she has become a leading national voice on advocating for safer chemicals and engaging consumers in the effort. Listen to Kathy explain this complex and significant health issue.


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.

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