Welcome to the ANHE Research Work Group!

The focus of the Research Workgroup is to frame and support an agenda for enabling nurses to solve environmental challenges to health through the creation of new knowledge. As a recognized nurse researcher focused on environmental health, we would be delighted if you would consider joining the Research Work Group. The Research Work Group provides excellent resources, support, and mentorship for all researcher experience levels – from novice to expert.

The ANHE Research Work Group 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 Work Group’s monthly call is held on the 4th Thursday of the month alternating between 3pm ET (odd number months) and 7pm ET (even number months).

Meeting URL:
Optional Dial-In Number: 863-208-0120
Attendee PIN: 306 1788#
Quick dial (mobile): 863-208-0120,,306 1788#

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For more information about the ANHE Research Work Group, please contact Katie Huffling (, 240-753-3729).

Research Work Group Priorities

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The Work Group is currently co-chaired by Dr. Azita Amiri and Dr. Jessica Castner. 

Dr. Azita Amiri, PhD, RN


Dr. Azita Amiri, PhD, RN is an assistant professor at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, College of Nursing. Dr. Amiri is a nurse researcher with an interest in environmental health and environmental justice. She measures indoor air quality in residential and occupational settings and studies the common indoor air exposures, their concentrations and sources, and their impact on pregnancy outcomes, child health, and well-being of elderly.

Dr. Jessica Castner, PhD, RN-BC, FAEN, FAAN  

Dr. Castner is President and Principal Investigator/Consultant of Castner Incorporated, faculty, and editor. A research expert in healthy environments, Dr. Castner’s environmental health program of research focuses on multi-level measurement and reduction of airborne pollutants, and related emergency health effects on respiratory and sense organs. Dr. Castner authored the 2018 Emergency Nurses Association Resolution, Projected Health Effects of Climate Change, establishing an environmental health leadership direction for the association’s over 40,000 members. The impact of her research to inform civic action, public policy, and clinical practice with scientific evidence has had far-reaching implications, subsequently receiving national recognition as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and Academy of Emergency Nursing for creating healthier environments multiple in settings where people live, work, play, and learn. Dr. Castner has 17 years of experience as an emergency nurse and is board certified in the specialty.