Listen as Lois Wessel describes her lifelong advocacy for health communities.
Lois Wessel is a Family Nurse Practitioner and also instructor in the DNP program at Georgetown University. Lois has been a lifelong advocate for healthy communities, through healthy foods, education, immigrant health, and environmental health. She clearly identifies the advantages to being outside, moving, and eating well to both the health of the environment and the health of humans. Listen to Lois Wessel as she describes her work and shares her infectious enthusiasm.
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.