Peggy Berry draws links between occupational and environmental health
Peggy Ann Berry, PhD, RN, COHN-S has worked in occupational safety and health since 1990. She is a certified occupational health nurse specialist, receiving a masters’ in 2007 in Occupational Safety and Health Nursing followed by a doctorate in Nursing Research from University of Cincinnati in 2015.
Since 2010, Dr. Berry has been an advocate for chemical transparency in the hydraulic fracturing (fracking) industry. She has partnered and participated through Earthworks, Earth Justice, Moms’ Clean Air Force, Ohio Environmental Council, and the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments for testimony on chemical transparency and Methane New Source Rules to EPA public hearings. She lobbies as a volunteer with State and National organizations on clean air and water. Dr. Berry has published and presented in webinars on the human health effects of workplace bullying and climate change.
Beth Schenk, Podcast Host
Elizabeth Schenk, PhD, MHI, RN-BC, FAAN is Providence-WSU Nurse Scientist and Sustainability Leader in Missoula, Montana, and assistant research professor in Nursing at Washington State University in Spokane, Washington.
Dr. Schenk co-leads nursing research efforts across Providence St. Joseph Health, working with nursing leaders at 50 hospitals. In her second life, Dr. Schenk leads environmental stewardship at St. Patrick Hospital, across the Washington-Montana region of 12 hospitals, and works extensively with hospitals throughout the 50-hospital health system. Schenk 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. She led the development of the CHANT: Climate, Health and Nursing Tool. She developed the WE ACT PLEASE framework for environmental stewardship in nursing. She was inducted into the American Academy of Nursing as a Fellow in 2018. Dr. Schenk serves on the national board of the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments