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Research Forum

Welcome to the ANHE Research Forum!

The Research Forum frames and supports an agenda for enabling nurses to solve environmental challenges to health through the creation of new knowledge. We would be delighted if you would consider joining the Research Forum, where we highlight research talks and new research directions using a journal club format. We aim to bring members together to collaborate on publications, grant proposals, and policy actions related to environmental health. 

The Research Forum provides excellent resources, support, and mentorship for all researcher experience levels. Together, novice and experienced nurse researchers focus on environmental health issues of concern.

The ANHE Research Forum benefits from close partners working in advocacy, practice, and education. Critical research questions arise from these relationships and the resulting research agenda reflects the most current and pressing challenges of our profession. The Research Forum holds monthly meetings and you can view past webinars on ANHE YouTube channel! 

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For more information about the ANHE Research Forum, please contact 

May Webinar

Charleen C. McNeill, PhD, MSN, RN

Professor, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Fran and Earl Ziegler College of Nursing

The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma


Title: Impact of Healthcare Providers on Emergency Preparedness Among Vulnerable Clients


Dr. McNeill’s program of research involves emergency preparedness and response of nurses as well as individuals in the community and the households they live in, particularly vulnerable populations. She endeavors to improve disaster competencies among nurses, willingness to report to duty after a disaster, and emergency preparedness of all.  Her research involves emergency shelter placement, community health issues to include emergency preparedness and response, resilience, and most recently, COVID-19.  Research involving emergency preparedness centers on investigating response measures inclusive of individuals and populations with access and functional needs as well as resiliency among populations and the impact health care providers have on preparedness levels.  She investigates measures to improve emergency preparedness and response among health care professionals and preparedness levels among vulnerable citizens. In this presentation, Dr. McNeill will discuss the evolution of her program of research, describing the findings from several of her studies, and providing implications for practice. Participants will learn about emergency preparedness and the importance of educating clients and patients on how to become prepared for emergencies, and the impact a healthcare provider can make in emergency preparedness among vulnerable clients and patients. Finally, resources for nurses to educate themselves on emergency preparedness and response topics will be discussed. 

Environmental Health Nurse Research Priorities

What distinguishes environmental health nursing research from other disciplines of research? Environmental health nursing research is typically defined by a public health problem, whether that be in a clinical, community or occupational setting. Use of a symptom science model can be useful for clinical and public health research and is relevant to the scope and standards of nursing (Castner, 2019)

The ANHE Research Forum has developed a set of environmental health nurse research priorities to enhance methodological innovations and rigor (see full document here: Aligning-Priorities_7_26_2018-.pdf (85 downloads) ). These priorities were last revised 7/2018. Approved by ANHE Board of Directors 7/2018.

  • Vulnerable populations(children, prenatal, older adults, racial/ethnic under-represented, genetically at risk groups)
  • High risk occupations
  • Geographic communities overburdened with environmental pollution
  • EJ communities
  • Clinically at risk populations
  • At risk occupations (special emphasis on healthcare providers)
  • Family systems
  • International/Global Health
  • Occupational
  • Home Environment
  • School Health
  • Geographically defined population
  • Environmental Endotypes of Symptom Clusters, casual pathways to disease development and exacerbation
  • Develop and validate new Biomarkers of Body Burden (internal dose)
  • Validate of objective measures of personal exposure
  • Personalized prevention interventions
  • Report back of exposure, biomarker, and physiologic data
  • Phenotype/endotype identification 
  • Gene-environment interactions (includes epigenetic measures)
  • Symptom clusters
  • Pollutants transformation and interaction in the environment and body
  • Visualization for stakeholder engagement
  • Multi-level analyses
  • Emerging Techniques and large dataset linkages (e.g. machine learning)
  • Clinical/public health practice informatics
  • Secondary data analyses
  • Developing/Testing novel digital applications
  • Big genomics data
  • Big data and precision nursing
  • Smoke/vaping exposure (includes second and third-hand)
  • Climate/Climate Change (Extreme events exposure)
  • Ambient Pollutants (industrial, traffic, extreme events)
  • Heavy Metals in air, water, food, and soil
  • Personal chemical exposures (e.g. pesticides, building materials, personal care products)
  • All hazards: CBRNE
  • Indoor exposures
  • Allostatic load (stress, adverse childhood events, noise, etc)
  • Support development and validation of the Climate Health and Nursing Tool (CHANT)
  • Disaster/disaster preparedness
  • Enivronmental Risk Communication/Addressing perceived risk
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Raise awareness
  • Environmental Health Education
  • Environmental Health Assesment
  • Organizational Sustainability 
  • Patient education and self-management
  • Indoor/outdoor Environmental modification
  • Policy


Featured Webinars

The Research Forum host webinars in which nurse researchers share their envirnometnal heatlh reseach. View our featured webinars below: 1) Dr. Jessica Castner,  PhD, RN-BC, FAEN, FAAN, 2) Dr. Roxana Chicas, PhD, RN: Work Health Status of Latinx Agricultural Workers in Florida and 3) Dr. Julie Postma, PhD, RN: Promoting Risk Reduction Among Young Adults with Asthma During Wildfire Smoke Events.  You can also view past webinars on ANHE YouTube channel. 

Research Forum Co-Chairs

Lisa M. Thompson

Dr. Thompson, PhD, RN, FNP, FAAN is an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing at Emory University and affiliated faculty in the Department of Environmental Health in the Rollins School of Public Health. She is the Director of Graduate Studies for the PhD program in nursing. She is a member of the Network for Evaluation and Implementation Sciences at Emory University (NEISE). She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nurses. Dr. Thompson’s research focuses on environmental health disparities that contribute to adverse perinatal outcomes, specifically low birth weight, preterm birth, child stunting and cognitive development. Her contribution to nursing research is in global environmental health, specifically developing and evaluating interventions to reduce exposures to household air pollution from cooking fires in low-resource countries.

Liz Mizelle

Elizabeth (Liz) Mizelle, PhD, RN-BC, CNE is an Assistant Professor in the College of Nursing at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina (NC). She graduated with a PhD in 2021 and her dissertation research was a community-informed mixed methods study on environmental heat stress, fluid intake and hydration status among eastern NC farmworkers. Liz is building a research program focused on the negative health effects of extreme weather on coastal, rural, and agricultural communities. She is an AgriSafe Nurse Scholar and a Daisy Faculty Award recipient.