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Ep. 4 From Oman to Pennsylvania: Dr. Ruth Mcdermott-Levy Studies Health in Communities

Nurses for Healthy Environments Podcast
Nurses for Healthy Environments Podcast
Ep. 4 From Oman to Pennsylvania: Dr. Ruth Mcdermott-Levy Studies Health in Communities

Listen to this provocative discussion with  Ruth Mcdermott-Levy, PhD, MPH, RN

Ruth McDermott-Levy, PhD, MPH, RN, Associate Professor at Villanova University College of Nursing, studies the impacts of fossil fuel extraction on communities. She has studied nurses in Oman near the oil fields, and communities in Pennsylvania as they address impacts from hydraulic fracturing. Dr. McDermott-Levy also has a rich history as an educator and discusses her courses and student interactions. Dr. McDermott-Levy is also the co-chair of the ANHE Education Work Group and an Editor of ANHE’s free e-textbook Environmental Health in Nursing.


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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