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NHE 6-6 Anto Paul – Committed to Communities

Nurses for Healthy Environments Podcast
Nurses for Healthy Environments Podcast
NHE 6-6 Anto Paul - Committed to Communities


Anto Paul is a Population Health Nurse at Catholic Health Services of Long Island. He earned his Master’s in Public Health and Community Health Nursing from Hunter College, New York. 

Anto Paul holds certifications as a Diabetes Care and Education Specialist (CDCES) and Board Certified Advanced Public Health Nurse (PHNA-BC). From 2008 to 2010, he worked for two years as a diabetes educator in a South Asian community-based research program. This experience significantly broadened his perspective on chronic diseases, enabling him to comprehend the multifaceted influences of social and environmental factors on health within South Asian and other immigrant communities.

Presently, he plays an active role as a board member of the South Asian Public Health Association (SAPHA), an NGO committed to advancing the health and well-being of South Asian communities in the United States, and the Indian Nurses Association of New York.

He has been selected to the Environmental Health Research Institute for Nurse and Clinician Scientists (EHRI-NCS) cohort of 2023-24. The EHRI-NCS is designed to build the nursing discipline-wide capacity and rigor for translational and clinical research methods in environmental health for nurse scientists. He is also selected for ANHE fellowship for the year 2023-’24.



Co-hosts of the EHRI-CNS Series:

Heide Cygan, DNP, RN, PHNA-BC

Dr. Cygan  is an Associate Professor at the Rush University College of Nursing, in the Department of Community, Systems and Mental Health where she teaches public health nursing to graduate and doctoral students. She earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from the University of Michigan and her Doctor of Nursing Practice in Advanced Public Health Nursing from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Dr. Cygan is a board certified advanced public health nurse. As a public health nurse, a main tenant of Dr. Cygan’s practice is understanding the reciprocal relationship between humans and their environment. Much of Dr. Cygan’s current scholarship is dedicated to advancing planetary health through nurses and other health professionals. She specifically focuses on innovative teaching strategies that develop nursing students as planetary health leaders.


Heidi Honegger Rogers, DNP, FNP C, APHN BC, FNAP

Dr. Honegger Rogers is a clinician educator – associate professor at the University of New Mexico (UNM) College of Nursing. She is the Director of Interprofessional Education for the UNM Health Sciences Center. Her advocacy and scholarship centers in climate change and health, equity and justice, nature connection, wellbeing, and planetary health.  She leads the Planetary Health Task Force for the American Holistic Nurses Association, and she works with Nurses for Planetary Health, Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments, the Global Consortium for Climate Change and Health Education Nurses Working Group, and  the Planetary Health Alliance. She is a facilitator with the Work That Reconnects and a certified Nature and Forest Therapy Guide. She is dedicated to bringing a Planetary Health Lens into our work as nurses and health professionals.   Pronoun preferences: she/her/hers.


About the Focus on EHRI-NCS Series

The NIEHS funded EHRI-NCS grant (PI Jessica Castner, PhD, RN, FAAN) offers research, educational, and career-building opportunities for nurse environmental health scientists. In this series, two participants, Dr. Heide Cygan and Dr. Heidi Honegger Rogers interview other fellows about their studies and experiences.  Join us for a fascinating journey of ideas!

About the Nurses for Healthy Environments Podcast

Since 2017, Beth and other hosts have interviewed dozens of nurses across the globe, all of whom are working at the intersection of health and environment. The goals of the podcast are to spread the word about the fabulous work of the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments – so we’re glad you found us! And, to highlight and share the amazing and leading work nurses around the world are doing to help protect our natural world in order to support health and healing.

Again and again, nurses are spearheading social change, climate action, environmental justice, and improving health for vulnerable populations, while using their valuable clinical skills, teaching, and caring.  Nurses’ work can seem overlooked or taken for granted, and we are here to tell their important stories. We hope you enjoy meeting the nurses in the Nurses for Healthy Environments podcast!

Beth Schenk, Nurses for Healthy Environments Podcast Host

Elizabeth Schenk, PhD, RN, FAAN, is a leader of environmental stewardship in healthcare, where she has been working to reduce pollution from healthcare for 3 decades. Schenk is a former board member of the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments, and serves on the boards of Montana Health Professionals for a Healthy Climate and Climate Smart Missoula.